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1758 Bellin Map of the North Atlantic (Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia)

Carte Reduite des Mers du Nord. - Main View

1758 Bellin Map of the North Atlantic (Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia)


A beautiful map of the North Atlantic.


Carte Reduite des Mers du Nord.
  1758 (dated)     13.5 x 18.25 in (34.29 x 46.355 cm)     1 : 15000000


This is a 1758 Jacques-Nicolas Bellin map of the North Pacific, including Greenland, Iceland, and Scandinavia. The map depicts the region from Labrador to Scandinavia and from the Arctic Ocean to northern Europe. Beautifully engraved and featuring detailed, though not entirely accurate, illustrations of the various coastlines, Bellin's work presents an incredible overview of the region. The coast of Greenland, for example, stretches into the Arctic Ocean, which Bellin states is 'drawn only on speculation'. Islands, fjords, capes, and points are among the locations labeled along the coastlines of Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, England, Scotland, Ireland, and the northern coast of Europe. World capitals, such as Paris, Amsterdam, London, Dublin, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, and Oslo are all labeled, along with many, many smaller cities.

This map was created by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin and published by 1758 French edition of Abbé Prévost's L'Histoire Generale 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...


Prevost, A., L'Histoire Generale des Voyages, Vol XV, plate 1.    


Very good. Even overall toning. Light wear along original fold lines. Close left margin. Blank on verso.


OCLC 964631552.