"Carte Reduite de l'Isle de la Martinique Dressee au Depost des Cartes Plans et Journaux de la Marine...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1758 (dated)
Publication: Hydrographie Francoise...
Color: Hand Color
34.8 x 22.1 inches
88.4 x 56.1 cm
Superb, large scale, chart of the island filled with incredible detail. It shows roads, topography, soundings, villages, windmills, and plantations. A large inset "Plan du Cul de Sac Royal de la Martinique" is surrounded by a rococo cartouche, balanced by the floral title cartouche in the opposite corner. Rhumb lines and a compass rose complete the composition. The meticulous topographical and nautical details make this one of the major 18th century maps of Martinique.
Heavy watermarked paper with very light soiling and some toning along the edges of the sheet. The blue shadow along the centerfold is caused by our scanner and does not appear on the map itself.