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Carte de la Riviere de la Plata: Bellin c. 1760

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  • Title: Carte de la Riviere de la Plata
  • Author: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
  • Date: c. 1760
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good - light age toning, tide marks upper margin, issued center fold
  • Inches: 13 1/8 x 9 5/8 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 33.34 x 24.45 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 102158

Carte de la Riviere de la Plata. Pour servir à l'Histoire Générale des Voyages. Echelle Lieues communes de France. Par M. B. Ing. de la Marine.

"Map of Río de la Plata. To be used in the General History of Travel. Scale of common leagues of France. By M. Bellin Naval Engineer."

Map of Río de la Plata at the border between Argentina and Uruguay by French hydrographer and geographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772), who produced a prodigious body of work over a nearly fifty-year career. Labelled cities and regions include Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Longitude west from the Paris 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.