Catalog Archive
Auction 194, Lot 12

"Carte des Variations de la Boussole et des Vents Generaux que l'on Trouve dans les Mers les Plus Frequentees...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: World, Oceans

Period: 1765 (dated)

Publication: Hydrographie Francoise

Color: Hand Color

34.4 x 21.4 inches
87.4 x 54.4 cm
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This handsome, large-scale map on Mercator's projection stretches from California to Japan and focuses on the French spheres of influence in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The emphasis of the map is on magnetic variations and wind directions, which are depicted with tiny windheads scattered throughout the map. The continents are shown without political information, and the northwest coast of North America and the southeastern coast of Australia are incomplete. Includes a large decorative title cartouche featuring the French crown surmounting a globe that occupies the Asian continent, and an explanatory cartouche fills the South Pacific. Contains the Seal of the Depot de la Marine, indicating a later issue. The price is below the neatline at right: "Prix Trente Sols."

References: Phillips (Atlases) #590-2.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on a bright, watermarked sheet, issued folding with professional repairs to a fold separation at bottom right and a to a section of the blank margin at left that has been reattached.

Estimate: $950 - $1,100

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/13/2023