THE MISSISSIPI & RED RIVERS FROM THE PETIT ATLAS MARITIME
Suite Du Cours Du Fleuve St. Louis...
8 1/2” x 13 1/2”. Uncolored. A strong impression in excellent condition.
Showing the intersection of the Mississippi and Red Rivers, and including much of northern Louisiana, Bellin’s excellent small map includes a large inset of the French claims along the Red River. The map appeared in Bellin’s Petit Atlas Maritime, an extraordinary five volume work containing several hundred maps. Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (born Paris 1703, died Versailles 21 March 1772) had a distinguished 50-year career as one of France’s leading cartographers. In 1721 he was appointed hydrographer to the French Navy upon the creation of France's hydrographic office, the Dépôt des cartes et plans de la Marine. Appointed "ingénieur hydrographe" in August 1741, he was also a member of the Académie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London.
Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers, Revised Edition, Volume I, pp. 116-117.
Inventory No. 7681