Bellin's hand-colored map of L'Isle De Bourbon (Reunion Island today) featuring and active 'Volcan.' Reunion or ‘Bourbon' was a colony of the French east India Company since 1665. The name was changed to ‘Reunion' with the French Revolution and the fall of the House of Bourbon in 1793. The island remains a French overseas department to this day. Relief represented in profile. This map was issued for Abbe Prevost's influential 1750 'Histoire 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. Learn More...
Provost, A., L`Histoire Generale des Voyages, c. 1750, Vol. II, plate 11.
Very good. Original folds. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.