1757 Jacques Bellin MAP Plan de Montevideo MONTEVIDEO URUGUAY
Striking and beautifully detailed copper engraved early city plan of the fortified city in Uruguay, with two profile views above showing Isle Lobos and Montevideo from seaward. The key below the title identifies nine landmarks in the city plan and views.
The plan was engraved for the description of South America by the Spanish naval officer and mathematician Antonio de Ulloa. Together with Jorge Juan y Santacilla, he accompanied Charles-Marie de la Condamine's expedition to South America, organised by the French Academie des Sciences.
Paper size approx.: 34,9 x 25,2 cm
Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703 – 1772) is one of the most important cartographers of the 18th century. With a career spanning some 50 years, Bellin is an important transitional cartographer. His long career as “hydrographer” and "Ingénieur Hydrographe" to the Dépôt des cartes et plans de la Marine resulted in the completion of hundreds of high quality nautical charts of practically everywhere in the world.