CD-12284

Antique Print of Fort James by Prevost (1746)

  • Condition: Very good, general age-related toning. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: 1746
  • Overall size: 20 x 25.6 cm.
  • Image size: 13.8 x 19.3 cm.
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Description: Antique print titled 'Plan de l’lle James sur la Gambra en 1732, Vue de Fort James du côte du Nord-Est, Vue de Fort James du côte de N.N. Ouest'. Old print of Kunta Kinteh Island on the Gambia River in 1732, view of Fort James from the north east and a view of Fort James from the NNW. Made by Bellin for 'l'Histoire Generale des Voyages', by Antoine François Prévost (the Abbé Prévost).

Artists and Engravers: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703 - 1772) was one of the most important cartographers of the 18th century. With a career spanning some 50 years, Bellin is best understood as geographe de cabinet and transitional mapmaker spanning the gap between 18th and early 19th century cartographic styles. His long career as Hydrographer and Ingénieur Hydrographe at the French Dépôt des cartes et plans de la Marine resulted in hundreds of high quality nautical charts of practically everywhere in the world. A true child of the Enlightenment Era, Bellin's work focuses on function and accuracy tending in the process to be less decorative than the earlier 17th and 18th century cartographic work. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Bellin was always careful to cite his references and his scholarly corpus consists of over 1400 articles on geography prepared for Diderot's Encyclopedie. Bellin, despite his extraordinary success, may not have enjoyed his work, which is described as "long, unpleasant, and hard." In addition to numerous maps and charts published during his lifetime, many of Bellin's maps were updated (or not) and published posthumously. He was succeeded as Ingénieur Hydrographe by his student, also a prolific and influential cartographer, Rigobert Bonne.