1780 Bellin Map of Eastern Russia, Tartary, and the Bering Strait
Description: An attractive example of R. Bonne’s c. 1780 map of Eastern Russia, Tartary, and Siberia. Covers from Nerczinsk and Chinese Tartary north to the Arctic and eastward as far as Alaska. Focuses on Siberia showing various villages, fortifications, trading stations, and rivers. The explorations of Vitus Bering are evident. Drawn by Bonne for an unknown publication, but seems to be the third map in a series covering all of Russia.
Date: 1780 (undated)
Cartographer: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703 - 1772) was one of the most important cartographers of the 18th century. With a career spanning some 50 years, Bellin is best understood as geographe de cabinet and transitional mapmaker spanning the gap between 18th and early 19th century cartographic styles. His long career as Hydrographer and Ingénieur Hydrographe at the French Dépôt des cartes et plans de la Marine resulted in hundreds of high quality nautical charts of practically everywhere in the world. A true child of the Enlightenment Era, Bellin's work focuses on function and accuracy tending in the process to be less decorative than the earlier 17th and 18th century cartographic work. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Bellin was always careful to cite his references and his scholarly corpus consists of over 1400 articles on geography prepared for Diderot's Encyclopedie. Bellin, despite his extraordinary success, may not have enjoyed his work, which is described as "long, unpleasant, and hard." In addition to numerous maps and charts published during his lifetime, many of Bellin's maps were updated (or not) and published posthumously. He was succeeded as Ingénieur Hydrographe by his student, also a prolific and influential cartographer, Rigobert Bonne. Click here for a list of rare maps by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin.
Size: Printed area measures 14 in height x 10 inches in width (35.56 x 25.4 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Original centerfold. Platemark visible. Blank on verso. Minor foxing upper right quadrant.
Code: EmpireRussie3-bonne-1780 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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