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1758 Bellin Map or Plan of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plan de la Ville de Buenos-Ayres. - Main View

1758 Bellin Map or Plan of Buenos Aires, Argentina


Early map of Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Plan de la Ville de Buenos-Ayres.
  1758 (undated)     7.5 x 11.5 in (19.05 x 29.21 cm)     1 : 6300


This is a beautiful 1758 map of Buenos Aires by Nicolas Bellin. Oriented with north to the southeast, the map depicts the forth and surrounding blocks and streets. Identifies some important buildings. The map also shows beautifully rendered topography throughout. First established in 1536 by Pedro de Mendoz as Ciudad de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre, and again by Juan de Garay in 1580.

A large rococo style title cartouche adorns the lower left quadrant of the map. This map was issued in Antoine-Francois Prevost's Historie General 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...


Provost, A., L'Histoire Generale des Voyages, 1747-1767. 21 vols. (v.14, no. 2)    


Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Minor foxing. Verso repair over left margin. Original platemark visible.