This is a beautiful 1753 Bellin map of the Straits of Magellan, South America. It covers the important strait located at the southern tip of the South American mainland, just north of Tierra del Fuego. Extends from Cap des Vierges to Cap de la Victoire. The map renders the region in detail, noting the coastlines, capes, harbors, islands and other important topographical features.
The Strait of Magellan was discovered by the Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan, the first explores circumnavigate the globe, in 1520. This natural channel linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans though a challenging route to navigate (given the unpredictable winds and currents), is the fastest connection between the two oceans.
The map includes a beautiful rococo style title cartouche with titles in French and Dutch. Below the title, the cartouche includes a key to the 9 locations marked on the map. Issued by Bellin in 1753.
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...
Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines.