Nicolas Bellin. “Plan de la Baye de Pensacola dans la Floride.” From Le Petit Atlas Maritime. Paris: N. Bellin, 1764. 8 1/2 x 6 1/2. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.
From about 1650 to 1750, the French dominated the cartographic world, with their fine, scientifically based maps. Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-72), Hydrographer to the King of France, was one of the best French cartographers of the later period. His specialty were marine and coastal maps and his famous Petit Atlas Maritime contained small but detailed charts of coasts and coastal cities around the world, including a series of fascinating American maps.