Copper engraving, 28 x 28 cm, engraved by Guillaume Dheulland, modern hand colour, blank verso. A plan of Kyoto, Japan’s former imperial capital.
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 Louis XV 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, an influential collection of travel accounts, and he later reworked them for his Petit Atlas Française and his Petit Atlas Maritime.