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Carte du Cours du Maragnon ou de la Grande Riviere des Amazones: Bellin 1780

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  • Title: Carte du Cours du Maragnon ou de la Grande Riviere des Amazones
  • Author: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
  • Date: 1780
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good Plus - light age toning, left margin trimmed, vertical folding lines, tide marks upper margin
  • Inches: 16 1/4 x 9 5/8 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 41.28 x 24.45 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 317051

Carte du Cours du Maragnon ou de la Grande Riviere des Amazones. Dans sa partie navigable depuis Jaen de Bracamoros jusu'a son Embouchure et qui comprend la Province de Quito, et la Côte de la Guïane depuis le Cap de Nord jusqu'à Esséquebé. Levée en 1743 et 1744, et assujettie aux Observations Astronomiques par M. de la Condamine, de l'Ac. Rle. des Sc. Augmentée du Cours de la Riviere Noire, et d'autres détails tirés de divers Mémoires et Routiers manuscrits de Voyageurs modernes.

"Map of the course of the Maragnon or the great Amazon River. In its navigable part from Jaen de Bracamoros to its Mouth and which includes the Province of Quito, and the Coast of Guiana from the North Cape to Esséquebé. Drawn in 1743 and 1744, and subject to Astronomical Observations by M. de la Condamine, of the Royal Academy of Sciences. Augmented by the course of the Black River, and other details taken from various Memoirs and road manuscripts of Modern Travelers."

Map of the Amazon River showing present-day Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela, Suriname, and French Guiana by French hydrographer and geographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772). Published as part of Antoine François Prévost d'Exiles influential travel book, L'Histoire Generale des Voyages. Bellin produced a prodigious body of work over a nearly fifty-year career. Appointed hydrographer of the French Navy at the age of eighteen, he 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.