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1746 Bellin Map of the Cape Verde Islands

Carte des Isles du Cap Verd. - Main View

1746 Bellin Map of the Cape Verde Islands


A charming map of the Cape Verde Islands.


Carte des Isles du Cap Verd.
  1746 (dated)     9 x 12 in (22.86 x 30.48 cm)     1 : 1500000


This is a 1746 Jacques-Nicolas Bellin map of the Cape Verde Islands. The map depicts all ten islands in the archipelago, which is located 350 miles off the northwest coast of Africa. Beautifully engraved, each island is labeled, as are settlements on the islands and numerous coastal locations. Several harbors are noted by small anchors. A beautiful compass rose is situated at center.

This map was created and published by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin in 1746.


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. Some transference. Blank on verso.


OCLC 956309207.