Paris: Jacques Nicolas Bellin, 1750. unbound. Map. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 21 7/8" x 34 7/8" very good.
Beautifully rendered large scale sea chart of Hispaniola including the Turks and Caicos Islands and parts of Puerto Rico, Cuba and Jamaica. Shows geographic features in high detail, with paths between the islands, major towns and rhumb lines. Minor overall wear, some staining in margins. Reinforcement along edges on verso. A few tears along edges, and in the lower center of the map. Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772), was the official hydrographer to the French king and the first person to hold the title of "Ingénieur de la Marine of the Depot des cartes et plans de la Marine" (chief engineer of the French Hydrographical Office).