- Title: Coste Occidentale d'Afrique
- Author: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
- Date: 1739
- Medium: Copperplate engraving
- Condition: Very Good Plus - light age toning
- Inches: 13 x 9 3/4 [Paper]
- Centimeters: 33.02 x 24.77 [Paper]
- Product ID: 102162
Coste Occidentale d'Afrique, Depuis le XIe. Dégré de Latitude Méridionale, Jusqu'au Cap de Bonne Espérance. Tirée de la Carte de l'Océan Méridional Publiée Par Ordre de Mgr. le Comte de Maurepas en 1739.
"West Coast of Africa, From the eleventh Degree of Southern Latitude, to the Cape of Good Hope. Taken from the Map of the Southern Ocean Published by Order of the Count of Maurepas in 1739."
Map of the southwest coast of Africa by French hydrographer and geographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772), who produced a prodigious body of work over a nearly fifty-year career. Longitude 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.