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Carte Reduite Des Costes D'Espagne Et De Portugal ...

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Carte Reduite Des Costes D'Espagne Et De Portugal ... : J.N.Bellin

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"Carte Reduite Des Costes D'Espagne Et De Portugal Depuis Le Cap Pinas Jusqu'au Detroit De Gibraltar ...". This magnificent chart of the coasts of Spain and Portugal was published in Jacques Nicolas Bellin's atlas, "Le Neptune Francois ...". This example is unusual, and indeed visually striking, for having been produced from two copperplates; one with black ink used to create the chart itself and one with red/sepia ink to produce the rhumb lines that traverse the map. Coastal profiles are given beneath the title cartouche - further aid to the navigator at sea. Bellin (1703-1772) was one of the most important and prolific French cartographers of the mid-eighteenth century in the service of the French Hydrographical Office. He was appointed the first Ingenieur Hydrographe de la Marine, and also Official Hydrographer to the French King. Bellin was responsible for an enormous output of charts and maps, of which this chart of Spain and Portugal is a most striking example. Printed on thick chart paper.
mapmaker: J.N.Bellin  
place and date of publication: Paris 1750
medium and colour: Copperplate, Original Colour
size in mm: 890 x 460
ref: 35575

Price: £ 650£ 390

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