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  • MUSEUM QUALITY INKS AND PAPER: Printed on thick 192gsm heavyweight matte paper with archival giclee inks, this historic fine art will decorate your wall for years to come.
  • VINTAGE MAP REPRODUCTION: Add style to any room's decor with this beautiful print. Whether your interior design is modern or classic, a map is never out of fashion.
  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL: We edit every antique map for image quality, color and vibrance, so it can look its best while retaining historical character. Makes a great gift!
  • FRAME READY: Your unframed poster will arrive crease-free, rolled in a sturdy mailing tube. Many maps fit easy-to-find standard size frames 16x20, 16x24, 18x24, 24x30, 24x36, saving on custom framing.
  • Watermarks will not appear in the printed picture. Some blemishes, tears, or stamps may be removed from the final print.

This is a scarce and attractive 1754 nautical chart by Nicolas Bellin depicting the southwest coast of Africa from Cape Fria in Namibia to Cape Agulhas (Cape of the Needles) and the Bay of St. Blaise, including the Cape of Good Hope. It shows incredible detail along the coast with capes, bays and topographical features including mountains, rivers as well as coastal features noted. Elevation is beautifully rendered in profile. The map includes three profile views in the top right quadrant. These are ‘Vue Du Cap de Bonne Esperance' (Cape of Good Hope), ‘Vue Du Cap Falso, Du Cap Des Eguilles et des Terres Qui sont Entre deuin x' and ‘Autre Vue Du Cap Falso et Du Cap Des Eguilles'. Cape Town, Constance (Constantia), Stellenbosch and Hangklip are accurately identified.

This map was created by Bellin, who was at the time attached to the Depot de la Marine. Bellin was commissioned by King Louis in xIV to augment and correct the work earlier started by the Academie des Sciences. Eventually five variations to this map were created. Bellin's name is removed from this particular chart. An elaborate and beautiful title cartouche adorned with the arms of the Depot de la Marine is included. Published by the Depot des Cartes et Plans de la Marine.

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