Copper engraving, 23 x 18 cm, original hand-colour, blank verso.
Oriented with north at the foot of the map, extending between the Nile delta (bottom right) and the stretch of river between the first and second cataracts.
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 reworked them for his Petit Atlas Francaise and his Petit Atlas Maritime.