"Carte Reduite des Costes de la Guyane Depuis la Riviere d'Orenoque Jusqu'au Cap de Nord, a l'Entree de la Riviere des Amazones...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana
Period: 1760 (dated)
Color: Black & White
34.3 x 22 inches
87.1 x 55.9 cm
This is an early state of this magnificent, large-scale map of the coast of Guyana. It covers the region from the mouth of the Orinoco to Cabo Norte with the regions noted as being Spanish, Dutch, French and Portuguese possessions. The detail extends to include a good portion of the major rivers with the locations of forts, missions, colonial settlements, and Indian villages. Inset at top is a coastal approach view of Cayenne and inset at lower left are four other coastal views of the entrance to Cabo Orange and Cayenne. In addition to the informational nature of the chart, it is ornamented with a fine compass rose and decorative title cartouche.
A dark impression on a bright, sturdy sheet with a double-headed eagle watermark. There is light offsetting, a few small spots and paper flaws, and a short tear in the right blank margin.