Copper engraving, 20.5 x 30 cm, original hand-colour, blank verso. Map of the Caribbean island of St Lucia published in the Dutch edition of Prévost.
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 early in the reign of 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, and he later reworked them for his Petit Atlas Francaise and his Petit Atlas Maritime.