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Carte de la Virginie, de la Baye Chesapeack, et Pays Voisins: Bellin 1757

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  • Title: Carte de la Virginie, de la Baye Chesapeack, et Pays Voisins
  • Author: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
  • Date: 1757
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good - age toning, issued center fold
  • Inches: 13 3/8 x 9 5/8 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 33.97 x 24.45 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 102142

Carte de la Virginie, de la Baye Chesapeack, et Pays Voisins. Pour servir à l'Histoire Générale des Voyages. Tirée des meilleures Cartes Angloises. Echelle Lieues communes de France. Par éviter la confusion on a supprimé beaucoup de Criques ou Ruisseaux et les noms d'un grand nombre d'habitations particulieres, de même que celui des Comtés.

"Map of Virginia, Chesapeake Bay, and Neighboring Countries. To be used in the General History of Travel. Drawn from the best English Maps. Scale in common leagues of France. To avoid confusion, many Creeks or Streams and the names of a large number of private dwellings, as well as that of the Counties, have been removed."

Map of Virginia 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 Philadelphia, Richmond, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Topographical features include the Potomac and James Rivers, and the Appalachian Mountains.

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.