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    Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 75

    BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas (1703-1772). Cartes marines dressées au depost des cartes et plans de la marine. Par ordre du Roy pour le service de ses Vaisseuax depuis 1737 jusqu’en 1754. Paris: Huquier, [1754?].

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    BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas (1703-1772). Cartes marines dressées au depost des cartes et plans de la marine. Par ordre du Roy pour le service de ses Vaisseuax depuis 1737 jusqu’en 1754. Paris: Huquier, [1754?].

    2° (637 x 480 mm). Engraved title, inset manuscript table of contents within engraved border, 22 double page engraved maps (as noted below), with rhumb lines in black and 8 in bistre, coast-line colored by a contemporary hand. Contemporary red morocco, gilt double-fillet and roll-tooled borders, central coat-of-arms of Jean-Baptiste de Machault d'Arnouville on both sides (coat-of-arms on upper cover overlaid with red glazed paper, the other uncovered with some minor darkening along edges, some light rubbing and minor staining). Provenance: Jean-Baptiste de Machault d'Arnouville (1701-1794), French statesman, Controller of Finances, Minister of Marine (arms on binding, Olivier 2154 fer 4).

    FIRST EDITION. Jacques Nicolas Bellin was royal hydrographer and ingénieur géographe de la marine et du Dépot des Cartes et Plans, beginning in 1741. This copy is bound for Machault d'Arnouville who became Minister of Marine in 1754, after he had lost the support Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour as Controller of Finances. In 1757 he was disgraced and retired, possibly the reason for the overlay of the arms on the binding.
    The maps included in this atlas and listed on the manuscript table of contents are:
    1-Parties connues du globe terrestre, 1748.
    2-Mers du Nord, 1751, with rhumb lines in bistre.
    3-L’Océan Occidental, 1742
    4-L’Océan Méridional, 1739.
    5-L’Océan Oriental ou Mer des Indes, 1740.
    6-Mers du Sud ou Mer Pacifique, 1742.
    7-Isles Philippines, 1752, with rhumb lines in bistre.
    8-La Manche, 1749.
    9-Golphe de Gascogne, 1750.
    10-Costes d’Espagne et du Portugal, 1751, with rhumb lines in bistre.
    11-Côtes Occidentales d’Afrique, Première feuille, 1753, with rhumb lines in bistre.
    12-Côtes Occidentales d’Afrique, Seconde feuille, 1753, with rhumb lines in bistre.
    13-Coste de Guinée, 1750.
    14-Coste d’Or, 1750. Single page.
    15-Costes Occidentales d’Afrique, 1754, with rhumb lines in bistre.
    16-Golphe du Mexique et des Isles de l’Amérique, 1749.
    17-L’Isle de Saint-Domingue, 1750, with rhumb lines in bistre.
    18-Golphe de St-Laurent, 1753, with rhumb lines in bistre.
    19-21 Mer Méditérranée, 1745. 3 sheets.
    22-L’Archipel, 1738.

    Another volume with Bellin maps bound for Machault d’Arnouville sold in the Wardington sale (Sotheby’s London, 18 October, 2006, lot 38). See Phillips Atlases 613, see lot 89.


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