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Plans de quelques villes de la province de Hou-Quang - Bellin (1755)

  • Condition: Excellent. Original folds, as issued. Please study scan carefully.
  • Date: 1755
  • Overall size: 35.8 x 25.5 cm
  • Image size: 31.1 x 21.2 cm
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.. Plans de quelques villes de la province de Hou-Quang - Bellin (1755)

Description: Antique print titled 'Plans de Quelques villes de la province de Hou-Quang.' Three bird's-eye view plans of walled cities in what are now China's Hubei (Hou-Quang) and Hunan Provinces on a single plate from Prevost d'Exiles' influential collection of travel narratives, Histoire Generale des Voyages. From left to right, the plans are of Yongzhou (Yong Tcheou Fou), now in Hunan Province; Wuhan (Vou-Tchang-Fou), capital of Hubei Province; and Huangzhou (Hoang-Tcheou-Fou), now an urban district of the Hubei city of Huanggang.

Artists and Engravers: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was a French hydrographer, geographer and member of The Philosophes. His career, spanning over 50 years, caused an enormous outpt in maps, particular of maritime interest.