Title/Content of Map: Carte du Bresil Prem. Partie [and] Suite du Bresil Depuis la Baye de Tous les Saints jusqu'a St. Paul [and on the same sheet] Suite du BresilCartographer: BellinPlace & Date: Paris / 1756/1760Size: 12 5/8" x 9 1/4" (Carte); 6 1/2" x 9 1/8" (each "Suite" map)Condition: b&w; light overall age toning and minor spotting and staining; margins extended with contemporary paper to fit the size of the atlas volume
The three main Brasil maps on two sheets from the atlas of Prevost d'Exiles' Histoire Generale des Voyages. The large first map (Carte du Bresil) extends from the mouth of the Amazon to Todos os Santos Bay (Salvador). The map is rich in coastal place names (including those of the administrative divisions known as captaincies) and topographical details, but the interior is largely blank, except for an impressive title cartouche and a note stating that "the interior of the country is not known" and that "the nomadic peoples that live there are called Tapuyas"). Both Suite du Bresil maps have far more interior detail. The first extends from Salvador to Sao Paulo; the third extends from the Sao Paulo region to the mouth of the La Plata River and includes what is now Uruguay and part of Paraguay.
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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