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Publisher: BELLIN, J.N.
Title: Essay d'une carte reduite contenant les parties connuees Du Globe Terrestre. . .
Published in: Paris, [1748] 1778
Size: 19.9 x 27.6 inches.
50.5 x 70.0 cm.

Condition: In good condition, with multi-folds as issued. Paper slightly limp, good margins in general. Light spotting and age toning.
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An attractive example of J. N. Bellin's 1778 nautical chart of the world. It presents the world on 'Mercator's Projection' and is based on a Paris meridian.
North America to the west of the Mississippi is only vaguely rendered and imagined, according to much earlier expeditions into the region by the likes of: Coronado, La Salle, De Soto, and others. Bellin identifies and places the semi-mythical civilizations of Quivira and Teguayo, both associated with legends of the Seven Cities of Gold, in what is modern day Utah, California, and Nevada.
Along the western coast the strait discovered by Martin Aguilar is denoted. Further north still the River of the West (Fl. de l'Ouest) extends from the west coast to the Lake of the Woods (Lac de Bois) and thence via additional waterways to the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.

In the Pacific, various Polynesian Island groups are depicted, however, many are slightly or significantly misplaced. The Solomon Islands are vastly oversized referencing the early 17th claims of Quiros. Hawaii, as yet undiscovered, is absent. New Zealand is rendered twice (in the Southern and Pacific Oceans) though is accurate in its form and position. Australia, here called 'Nouvelle Holland,' has part of its southern coastline ghosted in and Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) is attached to the mainland. The southern coast of New Guinea is similarly ghosted in, suggesting its unexplored state.
Although the map is clearly dated '1748', it is a later issue by some 30 years. The map features a decorative compass rose, rhumb lines and a decorative title cartouche.

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BELLIN, J.N. - Essay d'une carte reduite contenant les parties connuees Du Globe Terrestre. . .

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