1740 Bellin Map of the Arabian Peninsula

Arabia-bellin-1740
$275.00
Carte de la Coste d'Arabie, Mer Rouge, et Golfe de Perse. Tirée de la Carte Françoise de l'Océan Oriental. - Main View
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1740 Bellin Map of the Arabian Peninsula

Arabia-bellin-1740

A beautifully engraved 18th century map of the Arabian Peninsula - labels both Mecca and Medina.
$275.00

Title


Carte de la Coste d'Arabie, Mer Rouge, et Golfe de Perse. Tirée de la Carte Françoise de l'Océan Oriental.
  1740 (dated)     9.25 x 10.25 in (23.495 x 26.035 cm)     1 : 12600000

Description


This is a 1740 Jacques-Nicolas Bellin Bellin map of the Arabian Peninsula. The map depicts the region from Alexandria, Egypt to the Gulf of Oman and from the Mediterranean Sea and Iraq to the Horn of Africa. Beautifully engraved, numerous coastal locations are labeled throughout. Both Mecca and Medina are labeled, as are Gaza, Cairo, Alexandria, and Basra.

This map was created by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin in 1740 for publication in Jean-François de La Harpe's Histoire Générale des Voyages.

Cartographer


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. Learn More...

Condition


Very good. Even overall toning. Close top margin. Blank on verso.

References


OCLC 843133096.