Bellin’s Map of AngolaSKU: 8084
Bellin’s Map of Angola
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21.5 x 27.5 cm
Karte von der Küste von Angola von dem Flusse Bengo bis an den Fluss Quanza
Copper engraving, 21.5 x 27.5 cm, modern hand-colour, tiny wormtrack in the body of the map, blank verso; the coastline of northern Angola between the rivers Bengo and Cuanza, showing Luanda and the neighbouring Portuguese fort, from the German edition of Prévost's Voyages.
Jacques Nicolas Bellin the elder (1703-1772) was first chief hydrographic engineer of the Dépôt des cartes, plans et journaux du Ministère de la Marine, charged by the French king with mapping the coasts of France first and then the rest of the world. He was also a member of the Royal Society of London. Bellin compiled the maps for Prévost's Histoire Générale des Voyages, and he later reworked them for his Petit Atlas Francaise and his Petit Atlas Maritime.