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Southeast Asia by Jacques Nicolas Bellin. 1747-80

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772)

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, a French geographer, was among the most important mapmakers of the eighteenth century. In 1721, at the age of 18, he was appointed hydrographer of the Ministry of the Navy following the French hydrographic office's creation and the Dépot of charts and plans of the Navy. Appointed hydrographic engineer in August 1741. Member of the Academy of the Navy and the Royal Society of London.

Over the course of a 50-year career, he drew the maps of several major works of his time such as Histoire et description générale de la Nouvelle-France de Charlevoix (1744); Histoire générale des voyages de l'Abbé Prévost (published between 1746 and 1759) ); Neptune François (1753), Hydrographie Françoise (1756-1765), and Petit Atlas Français (1763) - reissued as Petit Atlas Maritime (1765). He is the most copied cartographer of the 18th century.

His maps of Canada and the French territories of North America are of considerable value. This is all the more remarkable since, an archetype of the cabinet cartographer, Bellin never came to America. For his cartography of the St. Lawrence River, he entrusted handwritten maps to navigators to correct and enrich. With each return of these maps, he was updating his knowledge. Two basic needs drive its cartography of North America: to secure navigation on the St. Lawrence River and to claim for France the lands explored by the French in the Great Lakes region and along the Mississippi River.

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin died on March 21, 1772, in Versailles. In the burial certificate, he is described as "the first engineer of the navy and the deposit of plans, royal censor of the academy of navy and the royal society of London".

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Suite de L'Ocean Oriental Contenant Les Isles de la Sonde Les Costes de Tunquin et de la Chine Les Isles du Japon les Philippines Moluques.

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Old, antique map of Southeast Asia, by Jacques Nicolas Bellin.

Title: Suite de L'Ocean Oriental Contenant Les Isles de la Sonde Les Costes de Tunquin et de la Chine Les Isles du Japon les Philippines Moluques.
Dressé sur les Divers Manuscrits du Depost des Plans de la Marine
Par N. Bellin Ingenr de la Marine.
1746.
J. V. Schley direx.
Vervolg van den Oostersen Oceaan, inhoudende de Eilanden van Sunda, de Kusten van Tunquin en van China, de Eilanden van Japan, en de Filippynse - met de Molukse - Eilanden.
Geschikt op de verscheide Handschriften van de Bewaarkamer der Grondtekeningen des Franssen Zeevaards. Door N. Bellin, Ingenieur des zelfden Zeevaards. 1746.

Date of the first edition: 1747.
Date of this map: 1747.

First state.

Engraver: Jacob van der Schley.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 310 x 300mm (12.2 x 11.81 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Folds as issued, one fold reinforced.
Condition Rating: A+.

From: Prévost d'Exiles A. Fr. Historische Beschryving der Reizen. Den Haag, P. De Hondt, 1747-80. Enlarged Dutch translation of the French edition of 1746-89. Part 1, 1747.

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772)

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, a French geographer, was among the most important mapmakers of the eighteenth century. In 1721, at the age of 18, he was appointed hydrographer of the Ministry of the Navy following the French hydrographic office's creation and the Dépot of charts and plans of the Navy. Appointed hydrographic engineer in August 1741. Member of the Academy of the Navy and the Royal Society of London.

Over the course of a 50-year career, he drew the maps of several major works of his time such as Histoire et description générale de la Nouvelle-France de Charlevoix (1744); Histoire générale des voyages de l'Abbé Prévost (published between 1746 and 1759) ); Neptune François (1753), Hydrographie Françoise (1756-1765), and Petit Atlas Français (1763) - reissued as Petit Atlas Maritime (1765). He is the most copied cartographer of the 18th century.

His maps of Canada and the French territories of North America are of considerable value. This is all the more remarkable since, an archetype of the cabinet cartographer, Bellin never came to America. For his cartography of the St. Lawrence River, he entrusted handwritten maps to navigators to correct and enrich. With each return of these maps, he was updating his knowledge. Two basic needs drive its cartography of North America: to secure navigation on the St. Lawrence River and to claim for France the lands explored by the French in the Great Lakes region and along the Mississippi River.

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin died on March 21, 1772, in Versailles. In the burial certificate, he is described as "the first engineer of the navy and the deposit of plans, royal censor of the academy of navy and the royal society of London".

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