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Carte du Lac de Mexico: Bellin c. 1760

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  • Title: Carte du Lac de Mexico
  • Author: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
  • Date: c. 1760
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good Plus - light age toning, rough left edge from old binding, tide mark in upper left corner
  • Inches: 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 19.69 x 24.13 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 102131

Carte du Lac de Mexico et de ses Environs Lors de la Conqueste des Espagnols. Pour servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages. Echelle de Quatre Lieues.

"Map of Lake Mexico and its Surroundings During the Conquest of the Spaniards. To serve the General History of Travel. Scale of Four Leagues."

Map of Mexico City by French hydrographer and geographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772), who 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.