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Carte de l'Empire du Japon: Bellin 1752

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  • Title: Carte de l'Empire du Japon
  • Author: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
  • Date: 1752
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good Plus - light age toning, issued center fold, light foxing
  • Inches: 13 1/2 x 9 3/4 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 34.29 x 24.77 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 102160

Carte de l'Empire du Japon. Pour servir a l'Histoire Générale des Voyages. Par M. Bellin Ingr. de la Marine 1752.

"Map of the Empire of Japan. To serve the General History of Travel. By M. Bellin Naval Engineer 1752."

Map of Japan published by French hydrographer and geographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772), who produced a prodigious body of work over a nearly fifty-year career. Longitude from the Ferro Meridian.

Appointed hydrographer of the French Navy at the age of eighteen, Bellin eventually became Hydrographer to the King in 1741. He published numerous sea atlases and charts which would be reprinted into the nineteenth century, as well as many maps depicting French colonial territories in the New World. His craftsmanship and commitment to accuracy earned him a distinguished reputation as one of the world's leading cartographers, and many other European mapmakers turned to him for source material.