1757 Bellin Map of Celebes Island (Sulawesi), Indonesia

IsleCelebes-bellin-1757
$175.00
Carte De L'Isle Célèbes ou Macassar : Pour servir à l'Histoire Générale des Voyages. - Main View
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1757 Bellin Map of Celebes Island (Sulawesi), Indonesia

IsleCelebes-bellin-1757

An 18th century French map of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
$175.00

Title


Carte De L'Isle Célèbes ou Macassar : Pour servir à l'Histoire Générale des Voyages.
  1757 (undated)     8.5 x 6 in (21.59 x 15.24 cm)     1 : 5500000

Description


This is a 1757 Jacques-Nicolas Bellin map of Celebes (Sulawesi), Indonesia. The map depicts the entire island and labels villages, rivers, and mountain ranges. The island is divided into several kingdoms (royaumes), each of which is labeled. Gulfs along the coastline are also labeled, as are smaller islands. One safe harbor is also noted next to the Dutch fort (Fort Hollandois) in the southwest part of the island.
Census and Publication History
This map was created by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin for publication in in Abbé Prévost'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. Blank on verso.

References


OCLC 7448510.