Carte de l'Hemisphere Austral: Bellin c. 1760

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  • Title: Carte de l'Hemisphere Austral
  • Author: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
  • Date: c. 1760
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good - age toning, issued folds, tide marks in margins, creasing in top margin, light foxing
  • Inches: 22 7/8 x 22 1/2 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 58.1 x 57.15 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 102172

Carte de l'Hemisphere Austral Montrant les Routes des Navigateurs les Plus Célebres Par le Capitaine Jacques Cook.

Tables, Contenant lea Latitudes et les Longitudes des Isles dernierement découvertes dans la Mer du Sud comme elles sont marquées dans cette Carte.

"Map of the Southern Hemisphere Showing the Routes of the Most Famous Navigators By Captain Jacques Cook.

Tables, Containing the Latitudes and Longitudes of the Islands most recently discovered in the South Sea as they are marked in this Map."

Map of the Southern Hemisphere 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 Sumatra, Borneo, Java, 'Nouvelle Hollande' (Australia), New Guinea, Madagascar, the Cape of Good Hope, and the Cape Horn. In the margins are listed the coordinates of various islands. The map is marked with the routes of famous explorers as recorded by Captain Cook. Routes are marked by arrows, along with the name of the expedition/ explorer. Also contains notations indicating dates of European arrival at various islands/ territories.

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.