Detailed sea chart of the coastlines and parts of the interior of Canada, Alaska and the Pacific, published by Nicholas Bellin in 1758.
An interesting map of the region, extending from the Asian peninsula of Kamchatka extending eastward to Baffin Bay. Recent discoveries include the Russian discoveries in 1728 and 1741. Much speculation as the approximate position of the Sea of the West (fictional) is placed on the Pacific northwest coast, as well as a note of the search for a Northwest Passage by the English. Published in Prevost's "L'Histoire Generale des Voyages".
Includes a number of interesting annotations and notes on early discoveries, including:
- Juan de Fuca-1592
- Martin d'Augilar-1603
- Russian Discoveries (Behring) 1741
- Russian Discoveries (Fyodor Luzhin) 1723
Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was among the most important mapmakers of the eighteenth century. In 1721, at age 18, he was appointed hydrographer (chief cartographer) to the French Navy. In August 1741, he became the first Ingénieur de la Marine of the Depot des cartes et plans de la Marine (the French Hydrographic Office) and was named Official Hydrographer of the French King.
During his term as Official Hydrographer, the Depot was the single most active center for the production of sea charts and maps, including a large folio format sea-chart of France, the Neptune Francois. He also produced a number of sea-atlases of the world, e.g., the Atlas Maritime and the Hydrographie Francaise. These gained fame, distinction, and respect all over Europe and were republished throughout the 18th and even in the succeeding century.
Bellin also came out with smaller format maps such as the 1764 Petit Atlas Maritime, containing 580 finely detailed charts. He also contributed many of the maps for Bellin and contributed a number of maps to the 15-volume Histoire Generale des Voyages of Antoine François Prévost or simply known l'Abbe Prevost.
Bellin set a very high standard of workmanship and accuracy, thus gaining for France a leading role in European cartography and geography. Many of his maps were copied by other mapmakers of Europe.