By Appt. Alamo, CA 94507 , United States Call Seller 925.272.8170


St. Christophe 'St. Kitts' Island: An 18th Century Hand-colored Map by Bellin

$ 575
  • Description
    Jacques Bellin's copper-plate map of the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts entitled "Carte De De l'Isle St. Christophe Pour servir á l'Histoire Genle. des Voyages Par M. B. Ingr. de la Marine", published in Paris in Prevost's "L'Histoire Generale des Voyages".

    The West Indies island of Saint Kitts was known in the 15th century as "San Cristóbal", as it was discovered by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage in 1493 and he named it in his own honor. It was called St. Christophe in the 18th century and later became St. Kitts. It is part of the arc of the Windward Islands, in the Lesser Antilles. It lies east of Puerto Rico, while Nevis is located to the south-east and the Dutch island of St. Eustatius is to the north-west. It was originally colonized by France and England, and to a lesser extent, the Netherlands. It is the largest island the federation it currently forms with Nevis, forming the State of St. Kitts and Nevis.

    The map is printed on laid, chain-linked, watermarked paper. There are wide margins all around, particularly the right and lower margins, and two vertical folds, as issued. There is mild irregularity of the left edge and a few small spots, but the map is otherwise in excellent condition.

    Two other Bellin maps are available, including an unframed map of the southwest portion of Africa, "Partie de la Coste de Guinee" (Coast of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Africa), and a map of St. Lucie framed in lucite. These maps would make a striking display grouping. A discount is available for the purchase of two or more maps.

    The map was prepared by Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703–1772), who was one of the most important cartographers of the 18th century. He served for a number of years as map and chart maker, as well hydrographer to the King of France.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: France
    Period: 18th Century
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: 1746
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 582328
  • Dimensions
    W. 14.25 in; H. 10 in; D. 0.07 in;
    W. 36.2 cm; H. 25.4 cm; D. 0.18 cm;
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Timeless Intaglio is an online gallery of rare and collectable antiquarian prints, maps and books. Although we specialize in all forms of vintage printed works on paper, the majority were created with the intaglio method of transferring ink from a plate, usually copper, to paper with a technique utilizing pressure generated by a press.

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