Carte Du Spits-Berg, Island Spitsbergen Bellin 1758
Title: Carte Du Spits-Berg Suivant les Hollandois Pour Servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages par M. B. Ingr.de la Marine." Paris 1758
In lower right margin: Tome 17 in 8 Page 192. In lower left margin: Tome XV. In 4 N. 5
Origin: Histoire Generale Des voyages.
Mapmaker: Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 – 21 March 1772) for Antoine-François Prevost's monumental 20 volume edition of L`Histoire Generale des Voyages. FINE ANTIQUE ORIGINAL COPPER PLATE ENGRAVING
A cartographic history of Spitsbergen, North Pole. The name Spitsbergen means "pointed mountains" and was given by the Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz, who discovered the island while searching for the Northern Sea Route in 1596. However, this archipelago may have been known to Russian Pomor hunters as early as the 14th or 15th century, though solid evidence from before the 17th century is lacking. Following the English whalers and others in referring to the archipelago as Greenland, they named it Grumant. The name Svalbard is first mentioned in Icelandic sagas of the 10th and 11th centuries, but they more likely refer to Jan Mayen or even Greenland.
Size: Sheet app.: 33.5 x 24.5 cm. 13.25 x9.75 inches. Image app.: 30 x 21 cm. 12 x 8.25 inches. Condition: Very good, tear in border repaired, (left down corner)