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Carte des Isles Maldives: Bellin 1750

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  • Title: Carte des Isles Maldives
  • Author: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
  • Date: 1750
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good Plus - light foxing and age toning
  • Inches: 7 3/4 x 9 5/8 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 19.69 x 24.45 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 102130

Carte des Isles Maldives. Pour Servir à l'Histoire Générale des Voyages. 1750. Echelle Lieues Marines de France. 

"Map of the Maldives Islands. To be used in the General History of Travel. 1750. Scale of Nautical Leagues of France."

Map of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean by French hydrographer and geographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772), who produced a prodigious body of work over a nearly fifty-year career. Longitude west 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.