Maps, Africa, Cape of Good Hope, China, Canton, Carte De L'Ocean Oriental ou Mer des Indes
"Carte De L'Ocean Oriental ou Mer des Indes". Copper etching by Bellin, 1746. Modern hand coloring.
Map shows the Indian Ocean and surrounding countries. Notice the shape of eastern Africa with the Cape of Good Hope in the lower left corner. In the lower right corner is part of New Holland (Australia) and in the upper right corner is part of China with Canton. Notice the many small islands shown as well as the sea directions for early sailors.
Bellin was a French hydrographer, geographer, and member of the French intellectual group the Philosophes. Bellin was born in Paris. He was hydrographer of France's hydrographic office, member of the Académie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London. Over a 50 year career, he produced a large number of maps of particular interest to the Ministère de la Marine. His maps of Canada and of French territories in North America (New France, Acadia, Louisiana) are particularly valuable. He died at Versailles.
Original antique print
Map has hardly visible folds to fit atlas size. Map is very clean. In lower left are a few rubbed spots. Map is otherwise in Almost Very Good condition.
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