Map. Copper engraving with hand coloring. Measures 9 3/4" x 20".
Beautifully engraved map of the Mediterranean Sea, extending from the strait of Gibraltar to the Levant. The coastlines are rendered with meticulous detail, with major cities, ports, capes, and islands labeled. Mountains are depicted pictorially. 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 good condition with no chips or tears. Minor toning to original foldlines and some minor stains in the black sea.
Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was the official hydrographer to the French king and the first person to hold the title of "Ingenieur 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.