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Bellin’s Chart of Normandy & the Channel Islands
Bellin’s Chart of Normandy & the Channel IslandsBellin’s Chart of Normandy & the Channel Islands

Bellin’s Chart of Normandy & the Channel Islands


2me carte particulaire des costes de Normandie contenant les costes du Cotentin depuis la Pointe de la Percée jusqu’a Granville ou sont comprises les Isles de Jersey, Grenezey, Cers, et Aurigny, avec les Isles de Brehat. Comme elles paroissent a basse Mer dans les grandes marées.

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Bellin’s Chart of Normandy & the Channel Islands


BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas

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black and white

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60 x 82 cm

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Copper engraving, 60 x 82 cm, black and white, one or two marginal nicks and tears, blank verso. Sea chart of Normandy and the Channel Islands which first appeared in the pioneering ‘Neptune François’, published in 1693. The original, French edition of the ‘Neptune François’ engraved by Hendrik van Loon was swiftly copied in Amsterdam by Pierre Mortier, working in partnership with Parisian publisher Alexis Hubert Jaillot, and issued with French, Dutch and English text with Paris and Amsterdam imprints within the same year. However, it was sixty years before Jacques Nicolas Bellin the elder (1703-1772) was charged with preparing a revised version immediately prior to the Seven Years’ War. Bellin was the first chief hydrographic engineer of the “Dépôt des cartes, plans et journaux du Ministère de la Marine,” charged by Louis XIV with mapping the coasts of France first and then the rest of the world. He was highly regarded on both sides of the Channel; he was a member of the Royal Society of London. Shirley, Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, M.Nep-1b

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