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Lot 0018
  • Map: L'Empire de la Chine
  • Cartographer: Bellin
  • Place & Date: Paris / 1748/1760
  • Size: 15 5/8" x 11 1/4"
  • Condition: outline color; old folds; overall age toning; a light water stain in the right margin extending into the map; lower left margin trimmed close

    Bellin's superbly rendered map of the Empire of China and the Kingdom of Korea, with good topographical detail, many place names, and three elaborate cartouches, from Prevost d'Exiles' influential collection of travel narratives, Histoire Generale des Voyages. A helpful note on the lower left corner explains that "to avoid confusion, only cities of the first rank and a few of the second rank have been included. The major cities are set in Roman type, the secondary cities in italics." A notice in the upper left corner indicates that this map is a correction of an earlier map based on Jesuit sources, included in Volume V of the Histoire.

    Jacques-Nicolas Bellin(1703-1772) was a French cartographer, hydrographer and geographer. Born in Paris, Bellin was a member of the French intellectual group, the philosophes, a member of the Academie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London. His career spanned over five decades in which he produced a large number of maps for the Dépot des Cartes et Plans de la Marine.

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  • Condition

    outline color; old folds; overall age toning; a light water stain in the right margin extending into the map; lower left margin trimmed close?

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    Bellin: Antique Map of Chinese Empire, 1748

    Estimate $70 - $80Sep 2, 2017
    New York, NY, USA
    Auction Curated By:
    Steve Kovacs
    Maps Expert