Description: Old Africa map showing the coastlines and Kingdoms of the region Guinee, with a inlay map of the Cestos (Sestre) river with primitives in a wooden canoe, depths are indicated, attractive title cartouche and an compass rose.
Biography: Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 - 1772). Bellin was born in Paris, and entered the Naval Chart and Plan Depot in 1721. He was hydrographer of France's hydrographic office, cartographer and geographer of the Navy. Also member of the French intellectual group called the philosophes (dominated by Voltaire and Montesquieu), and member of the Académie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London. Over a 50 year career, he produced a large number of sea charts, maps, and sea-atlases of the world, e.g., French Neptune (1753), Map of North America (1755), French Hydrography (1756) le Petit Atlas maritime (1764) an collection of maps and plans of the four parts of the world, in five volumes and New method for learning geography (1769). Bellins country and sea maps based on the documents of the Naval Chart Depot were also issued in Histoire générale des voyages (15 vols., Paris, 1746-1759), continued by Father Antoine François Prévost d'Exiles (Abbe Prevost ) and other writers.
Origin: Abbe Prevost d'Exiles. Histoire generale des voyages.
Size: Sheet app.: 23 x 19 cm. 9 x 7.5 inches. Image app.: 20.5 x 15 cm. 8 x 6 inches. Condition: Fine map in good condition with folds as published.
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