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Antique Print-NAUTICAL CHART-PACIFIC-TRADE ROUTES-CALIFORNIA-Bellin-1747
1747 - Antique print, titled: 'Carte de la Mer du Sud ou Mer Pacifique ( )' - Nautical chart of the Pacific Ocean depicting the trade routes used by Spanish Galleons from Acapulco in Mexico to Manila in the Philippines. In particular this chart depicts the voyages of the Spanish Nostra Seigniora de Cabadonga and the British Navy Commodore George Anson. Anson succeed in capturing the Spanish treasure galleon off Cape Espiritu Santo on June 20, 1743. Following his capture of the Nostra the treasures were paraded through the streets of London.The map shows the pacific islands and much of the Mexican and California coast. Numerous important destinations along the California coast are named,including Cabo San Lucas, San Diego and Acapulco. Description: Source unknown, to be determined.Artists and Engravers: Made by 'Jacques-Nicolas Bellin' after an anonymous artist. Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703 - 1772) was one of the most important cartographers of the 18th century. With a career spanning some 50 years, Bellin is best understood as geographe de cabinet and transitional mapmaker spanning the gap between 18th and early 19th century cartographic styles. His long career as Hydrographer and Ingénieur Hydrographe at the French Dépôt des cartes et plans de la Marine resulted in hundreds of high quality nautical charts of practically everywhere in the world. A true child of the Enlightenment Era, Bellin's work focuses on function and accuracy tending in the process to be less decorative than the earlier 17th and 18th century cartographic work. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Bellin was always careful to cite his references and his scholarly corpus consists of over 1400 articles on geography prepared for Diderot's Encyclopedie. Bellin, despite his extraordinary success, may not have enjoyed his work, which is described as "long, unpleasant, and hard." In addition to numerous maps and charts published during his lifetime, many of Bellin's maps were updated (or not) and published posthumously. He was succeeded as Ingénieur Hydrographe by his student, also a prolific and influential cartographer, Rigobert Bonne. Engraving / etching on hand laid (verge) paper. Anonymous. Good, given age. A few brown stains upper right. Two small restorations on the folds. Edges with some tiny and small tears. Lower left margin partly remargined. Original folds as issued. Printed on 2 plates joined together. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully. The overall size is ca. 41.8 x 34.2 cm. The image size is ca. 34.1 x 27.6 cm. The overall size is ca. 16.5 x 13.5 inch. The image size is ca. 13.4 x 10.9 inch. Storage location: BG-P2-07 ISCRA
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