Maps, Africa, Coste Occidentale D'Afrique, Angola, Capricorn, St. Helena et al.
"Coste Occidentale D'Afrique Depuis le XI Dégré de Latitud Merionale, Jusqu'au Cap de Bonne Espérance." Copper etching by Bellin in modern hand coloring. Dated 1739.
The red horizontal line is the Tropic of Capricorn for orientation. In the north is Benguela in Angola. In the lower right corner is Cape Agulhas. The gray area is the bank off the southern coast. In the northwest is St. Helena Island.
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
The map has two vertical and two horizontal folds to fit atlas size. Folds are almost invisible. Map has overall light toning and a light stain in lower right corner that does not affect image. Minimal light spotting. General condition is Very good.
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