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Auction 189, Lot 666

"Carte Generale de la Coste de Guinee Depuis la Riviere de Sierra Leona Jusqu'au Cap de Lopes Gonsalvo...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1750 (dated)

Publication: L'Hydrographie Francoise

Color: Hand Color

34.9 x 21.7 inches
88.6 x 55.1 cm
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Striking sea chart of the western coast of Africa from Sierra Leone to Cape Lopez. Six coastal views and a huge decorative title cartouche fill the interior. The chart is engraved with minute detail including anchorages, navigational hazards, soundings, forts, settlements, and watering places. Bellin, attached to the Depot de la Marine, became hydrographer to the King and a member of the Royal Society of London. He was commissioned to map all the known coasts of the world, resulting in the maps of this superb atlas.

References: Phillips (Atlases) #587.

Condition: A

On a sturdy sheet of watermarked paper with minor foxing and light printer's ink residue.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $140

Closed on 9/14/2022