Carte des Environs de Batavia, avec la Vuë de cette Ville

Map of Batavia and its surroundings decorated with a view of the city seen from the sea engraved at the top.  Attractive hand finished colouring.  Published in Paris around the year 1730 by the famous Jacques-Nicolas Bellin

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.

Jacques Nicolas Bellin
Title
Batavia City Plan - Circa 1730
Publication Place / Date
Image Dimensions
Paris / Circa 1730
35 by 25 cm.
Color
Condition
Hand coloring
VG+
Product Price
Product Number
USD 350
SKU #M.6015