1746 Bellin Map of Canary Islands

Carte des Isles Canaries. - Main View

1746 Bellin Map of Canary Islands


Depicts the 'First Meridian', established by French King Louis XIII in 1634.


Carte des Isles Canaries.
  1746 (dated)     8 x 11 in (20.32 x 27.94 cm)     1 : 2513280


This is a 1746 Jacques-Nicolas Bellin map of the Canary Islands. The map depicts the seven Canary Islands, including Tenerife (Isle de Teneriffe), Fuerteventura (I. de Fortaventure), Gran Canaria (I. Canarie), Lanzarote (I. Lancerotte), La Palma (I. de Palme), La Gomera (I. Gomere), and El Hierro (I. de Fer). The Canary Islands are a major tourist destination, welcoming over 12 million tourists every year. Numerous cities are labeled on each of the islands. A meridian, the 'first meridian' is included on the map and runs through El Hierro (I. de Fer). This meridian was created and fixed to El Hierro by declaration of French King Louis XIII in 1634.
Publication History
This map was created by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin for publication in Abbé Prévost's Histoire Générale des Voyages.


Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703 - March 21, 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. More by this mapmaker...


Very good. Even overall toning. Light wear along original fold lines. Transference. Blank on verso.


OCLC 79911042.