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Carte du Paraguay et des Pays Voisins: Bellin 1756

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  • Title: Carte du Paraguay et des Pays Voisins
  • Author: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
  • Date: 1756
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good Plus - light age toning, issued center fold
  • Inches: 13 3/8 x 9 5/8 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 33.97 x 24.45 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 102159

Carte du Paraguay et des Pays Voisins. Pour servir à l'Histoire Générale des Voyages. Echelle Lieues communes de France. 1756.

"Map of Paraguay and Surrounding Countries. To be used in the General History of Travel. Scale of common leagues of France. 1756."

Map of Paraguay and environs in South America 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 La Paz, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Asunción, Brazil, Peru, and Chile, among others.

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.