Aztec Empire Carte de Lac de Mexico Map of Lake Mexico Bellin 1758
Title: Carte de Lac de Mexico
Antique map of the capital city of the Aztec empire Tenochtitlan, now the site of modern-day Mexico City. Built on a series of islets in Lake Texcoco, fine old map with title cartouche, compass rose and hand coloring.
Cartographer: Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 – 1772). In 1721, at age 18, he was appointed hydrographer (chief cartographer) to the French Navy. In August 1741, he became the first Ingénieur de la Marine of the Depot des cartes et plans de la Marine (the French Hydrographical Office) and was named Official Hydrographer of the French King. Bellin was born in Paris. He was hydrographer of France's hydrographic office, member of the Académie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London. Over a 50-year career, he produced a large number of maps of particular interest to the Ministère de la Marine.
During his reign the Depot published a prodigious number of charts and maps, among which were large folio-format sea-charts of France, the Neptune Francois. He also produced a number of sea-atlases of the world, e.g., the Atlas Maritime and the Hydrographie Francaise. These gained fame, distinction and respect all over Europe and were republished throughout the 18th and even in the succeeding century.
Engraver: Jakob van der Schley aka Jakob van Schley (1715 Amsterdam – 1779 Amsterdam) was a Dutch draughtsman and engraver. He studied under Bernard Picart (1673-1733).
Size: Sheet app.: 7.75 x 10 inches. 19.5 x 25.5 cm. Image app.: 6 x 8.25 inches. 15 x 21 cm. Condition: Very good.