Copper engraving, 23.5 x 27.5 cm, map of the Bay of Bengal engraved by Schley after Bellin, black and white, blank verso.
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. Schley re-engraved Bellin’s maps for a Dutch edition of the Abbé Reynal’s ‘Atlas portatif pour servir à l’intelligence de l’histoire philosophique et politique des établissements et du commerce des Européens dans les Deux Indes’