Paris. Map. Copper engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 7.75 x 11"
This map of the Philippines shows the southern half of the archipelago, including the large islands of Palawan and Mindanao and the smaller islands of the Visayas. The coastlines are detailed with great care, while pictorial mountains describe the volcanic topography of the region. To the left of the decorative title cartouche is a note that reads, in rough translation, "It is said that there are many islands of different sizes in this region, of which neither the expanse, the number, nor the location is known." The map was published in Bellin's "Petit Atlas Maritime," which covered the coasts and important port cities of the known world. This map is in excellent condition with no chips or tears. Dark impression on bright paper. Minor offsetting in lower right corner. 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). He was particularly well known for his maps of the French Empire, especially the territories in North America. This map is a fine example of his detailed work.