Bellin, Jacques  “Carte de la Virginie, de la Baye Chesapeack, et Pays Voisins.”
Bellin, Jacques  “Carte de la Virginie, de la Baye Chesapeack, et Pays Voisins.”
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Bellin, Jacques “Carte de la Virginie, de la Baye Chesapeack, et Pays Voisins.”

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Jacques N. Bellin.  “Carte de la Virginie, de la Baye Chesapeack, et Pays Voisins.”  From Prevost d'Exiles' Histoire Generale des Voiages.  

Paris: Chez Didot, 1761.   7 1/2 x 11 1/4.  Engraving.  Very good condition.  Attractive hand color.  Soft printers wrinkles bottom left and right hand corners.  Else, very good condition. 

A map of Virginia, Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay by Jacques Nicolas Bellin, the Hydrographer to the King of France.  From about 1650 to 1750, the French dominated the cartographic world, with their fine, scientifically based maps, elegantly engraved and precisely detailed.  Bellin (1703-72) was one of the best in the later period.  This map focuses on the Chesapeake Bay, showing the rivers and creeks draining into it and the towns and roads throughout the area.  Also shown are the southern parts of Pennsylvania (including Philadelphia) and New Jersey.  A lovely baroque title cartouche compliments this historic interest of this map.