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