Carte de l'Isle de Ste Catherine Situee a la Coste du Bresil; Santa Catarina Island, Brazil
BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas
Price: 150.00 USD
Paris: Jacques Nicolas Bellin, Map. Uncolored copper plate engraving. Image measures 7 x 8.5 inches. Page measures 12.5 x 9.25 inches. This map shows the island of Saint Catherine located off the southern coast of Brazil. Rendered with an engraved pattern, the land appears fertile, perhaps as a reference to the island's developing agricultural industry during this period in the late 18th century. Standing out against the blank sea, the island's coastline as well as smaller surrounding islands are clearly visible, with the most significant islands either labeled directly or according to a key. To the left, the coast of Brazil is treated with similar attention and decorated with a title cartouche at the top.The map appeared in Bellin's "Petit Atlas Maritime" and is in very god condition with wide margins as issued. A bright impression. Paper makers flaw near bottom border.Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772), was the official hydrographer to the French king and the first person to hold the title of "Ingénieur de la Marine of the Depot des cartes et plans de la Marine" (chief engineer of the French Hydrographical Office).