C1750

L'Isle Formose Et Partie Des Costes De La Chine

Mapmaker:

Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 - 1772)

$A 850

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S/N: HGDV-0523-ASI-TAI–229299
(C017)
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Full Title:

L’Isle Formose Et Partie Des Costes De La Chine

Date:

C1750

Mapmaker:

Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 - 1772)

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

285mm 
x 235mm

Description:

Superb example of this famous rare map solely focusing on the island of Taiwan. This is the first map recording the name Taiwan (Tai-Ouan), the information for the map was derived from Jesuit sources. 

The map marks the ruins of Fort Zeelandia as well as that of the fort at Keelung. On the northeast coast the River Goude, (present day Lanyang River) is shown as separating the land to the east of the river creating an island, here named Zalegat.

 

Biography:

Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 – 1772)

The French multifaceted hydrographer and geographer had an incredibly successful 50 year career producing maps. His illustrious career started at just 18 years of age when he was appointed Chief Cartographer to the French Navy in 1721. His attention to detail, accuracy and high standard of workmanship resulted in him playing an integral role to France’s leadership in European cartography.  In addition to being the Chief Cartographer of France’s hydrographic office, he was also a member of the Académie de Marine, the Royal Society of London, and the Philosophes (a French intellectual group).

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