Russia map Kuril Islands, Carte des Isles Kouriles Bellin 1740
Title: Carte des Isles Kouriles...
Antique map of the Kurilskiye Ostrova (Japanese Chishima-rettō) archipelago in Sakhalin oblast.
The Kurils were originally inhabited by the Ainu, and they were later settled by the Russians and Japanese, following several waves of exploration in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) In 1721, at age 18, he was appointed hydrographer (chief cartographer) and became later member of the Académie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London. 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 never came to Russia. For his cartography he entrusted navigators with handwritten maps to correct and enrich. With each return of these cards, he updated his knowledge.
Bellin also created smaller format maps such as the 1764 Petit Atlas Maritime (5 vols.) Bellin set a very high standard of workmanship and accuracy thus gaining for France a leading role in European cartography and geography. Bellin contributed a number of maps to 15-vol, Histoire Generale des Voyages published by Antoine François Prévost a French author and novelist. Many of his maps were copied by other mapmakers of Europe.
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Sheet app.: 30 x 30 cm. 12 x 12 inches. Image app.: 25 x 22 cm. 9.75 x 8.75 inches. Condition: Very good map, clean nice coloring.