Quarto (330 x 255 mm), one volume (of 5), full contemporary cat’s paw calf, spine with raised bands, each compartment with ornate floral gilt decoration, red morocco gilt title and volume labels, head and foot of spine chipped. With engraved volume title, engraved index and 132 engraved maps, charts and plans of the French coastline, all in early wash colour, occasional very minor staining.
This is the final volume of arguably Bellin’s greatest atlas, the ‘Petit Atlas Maritime’ which covers the coasts of France. This is a fine example with large margins. Jacques Nicolas Bellin held official status as royal hydrographer and ingéniuer géographe de la marine et du Dépôt des Cartes et Plans. He was responsible for compiling atlases of sailing charts for military and official use as well as for commercial publication. His maritime atlas includes ‘a large amount of fresh material’ (NMM). Provenance: Mopelia Collection, Christie’s, London, 5 June 2019 lot 127. National Maritime Museum no. 211; Nordenskiold Collection 1 no. 10; Phillips 638; Shirley BL M. Bell 5a.