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BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas

Essai Geographique sur les Isles Britanniques contenant une Description de l'Angleterre l'Ecosse, et l'Irelande

Didot, Paris, 1757
Quarto (255 x 195 mm.), full contemporary French mottled calf, gilt ruled, with central gilt Royal arms of Louis XV and gilt arms of the library of Versailles on both boards, rebacked, preserving the original ribbed spine with ornate floral gilt decoration, calf gilt titled label., marbled endpapers. With engraved title page, typographic title page bearing engraved vignette view of Cambridge, pp. (6), 471 with 5 maps in early outline colour and 36 vignette plans, maps and views in total set within the text. Royal Library stamp to title, Ireland inserted, one or two fox marks, otherwise in good condition.
Jacques Bellin was Hydrographer in the French Dépôt de la Marine. With access to the latest navigational reports, he produced a great many maps and charts of excellent quality. This uncommon atlas of the British Isles was issued at the outbreak of the Seven Years War between Britain and France. Apart from the fine maps the book contains numerous detailed plans of harbours and some excellent detailed engravings of towns. Provenance: Beeleigh Abbey Books, Catalogue BA56 item 3, June 1995; Rodney Shirley collection. Bonar-Law ‘Ireland’ no. 87; Cox Travel III p. 92.
Stock number: 9405

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