Auction 97, Lot 245

"Carte Reduite de l'Isle de la Martinique Dressee au Depost des Cartes Plans et Journaux de la Marine", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Martinique

Period: 1758 (dated)

Publication: Hydrographie Francoise Recueil Des Cartes Marines

Color: Hand Color

34.5 x 22 inches
87.6 x 55.9 cm

Superb, large scale, chart of the island filled with incredible detail. It shows roads, topography, soundings, villages, windmills, and plantations. An 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. Its meticulous topographical and nautical detail makes this one of the major 18th century maps of Martinique.

References: Phillips (A) #590-79

Condition: A+

Minor toning in margins, still very fine on thick hand-laid paper.

Estimate: $800 - $900

Sold for: $800

Closed on 12/5/2001