Hand coloured engraving on handlaid (verge type) paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 90.5 x 63.5 cm. The image size is ca. 89 x 55.5 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 35.6 x 25 inch. The image size is ca. 35 x 21.9 inch.
Antique map, titled: ‘Carte reduite des Mers du Nord […]’ – (Detailed map of the Northern Oceans …) Highly decorative sea chart / nautical map / maritime map of the North Atlantic Ocean and other northern seas with the coasts of Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea, British Isles, Iceland, Greenland and contiguous parts of Canada is one of the most accurate maps of the North Atlantic published during the period. With a large decorative cartouche. Printed stipple rhumb lines are drawn over by hand (!) in a greenish colour, with additional lines added. Remains of manuscript annotations are present. A superb and extremely rare example of this chart with handdrawn lines, most certainly used at sea. First published in Paris in 1751 as part of ‘Le Neptune Francois ou Recueil des Cartes Marines’, published by Departement de la Marine. State: Most probably an early ed. of this map, still lacking the seal of the Depot de la Marine.Artists and Engravers: Made by an anonymous engraver after ‘Jacques Nicolas Bellin’. Cartographer: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was a French hydrographer and geographer. He is considered the greatest 18 th. c. French hydrographer and for 50 years he was associated with the ‘Depot des cartes et Plans’ (Depot de la Marine) as the First hydrographer of the French Royal Navy. His maps were constantly updated with the latest information and their execution magnificent. Bellin’s major works are the ‘Neptune Francois …’, the ‘Petit Atlas Maritime …’ and the ‘Hydrographie Francoise …’ As a member of a French intellectual group called the ‘Philosophes’ and he contributed 994 articles to the ‘Encyclopedie’ by Diderot/d’Alembert. He also contributed to the ‘Histoire Generale des Voyages’ by Prevost.
Condition: Very good, given age. Original middle fold as issued. A few small tears in paper edges, backed. Some light staining / soiling. Some creasing. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: RARE ANTIQUE MAP-NORTH ATLANTIC-MERES DU NORD-SEA CHART-BELLIN