This beautiful 1757 hand colored map by French cartographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin features New England, New York and Pennsylvania. The map covers the northeast showing New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and parts of Maine, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Extends from the Penobscot Bay to Lake Erie and from Lake Ontario to the Chesapeake Bay. The map identifies geographical features, various rivers, trading posts and fortifications. Many Indian tribes and settlements are identified throughout.
This map was issued at the time of the French and Indian War. Curious French villages are identified just west of the Susquehanna River - evidence of the French intent to occupying western Pennsylvania that led to the French and Indian War.
This map was drawn by Jacques Nicolas Bellin and published as plate no. 9 in volume 9 of the 1757 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...
Provost, A., L'Histoire Generale des Voyages, Vol XIV, plate 9.
Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Minor toning and offsetting, with some foxing at places. Original platemark visible.
Library of Congress, Map Division, G3720 1757 .B4.