Antique Sea Chart - North Russia
Title: Carte du Detroit Detroit de Waigats ou de Nassau, Suivant les Navigateurs Holladois Pour l'Histoire Generale des Voyages. Par le Sr. B. Ing. de la Me. 1758. Echelle de Lieues Marines de France.
Publication: Maps for Prevost's L'Histoire Générale des Voyages - 1747-61
Description: 18th century French sea chart detailing the voyages of Dutch navigators in the arctic regions of Northern Russia by Jacques Nicolas Bellin.
Sailing from Texel in June 1594, Linschoten one of the two crew members to publish journals of the expedition headed by Dutch cartographer Willem Barentsz. Three ships intended to enter the Kara Sea, hoping to find the Northeast Passage above Siberia. Nearing Williams Island the crew for the first time encountered a polar bear. After enticing it on board the bear then rampaged and had to be killed. Barentsz approached the west coast of Nova Zembla and heading north, before being forced to turn back in due to danger from large icebergs.
The following year a new expedition of six ships set sail once again, well stocked with merchant wares with a vie to trading in China. The expedition encountered the Samoyed "wild men" eventually turning back when discovering the Kara Sea to be frozen.
Condition: Good, folding copy close margin top left, some light creases.
Image size: 200 x305mm
8 x 12" approx.
Order No. 1889
Jacques Nicolas Bellin 1703 - 72
Bellin spent over fifty years at the French Hydrographic Service where he was appointed the first Ingeniuer hydrogrographe de la Marine. During his time there he was commissioned to carry out major surveys, first of the coasts of France and later all the known coasts of the world. This resulted in production of a large number of sea charts of the highest quality which appeared in many editions with varying numbers of charts to the end of the century.
He was appointed Hydrographer to the King and was a member of the Royal Society in London.
Atlases by Bellin include:
Maps for Prevost's L'Histoire Générale des Voyages - 1747-61.
Atlas Maritime - 1751.
Neptune François - 1753 and re-issues.
Partie occidentale et orientale de la Nouvelle France, ou du Canada - 1755.
Hydrographie Françoise: 2 volumes 1756-65 re-issues to 1802.
Guiana - 1757.
Essai géographique sur les Isles des Britanniques - 1757.
Petit Atlas Maritime: 5 Volumes - 1764.
Corsica - 1769.
Gulf of Venice - 1771.
Charts of the Caribbean - 1773.