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Bellin Copper Plate Map of the Arctic 1758
This map of the Arctic by Jacques Nicolas Bellin was published by Arkstee & Merkus in Liepzig in 1758. It was part of Allgemeine Historie der Reisen, the German edition of Prevost d'Exile's Histoire Generale des Voyages.
It is a copper plate engraving in excellent condition measuring 9 1/2 by 14 3/4 inches with later hand colouring. The upper right corner has a small foxed area as shown.
The uncommon chart shows only the northeast coastline of Canada with Baffin and Hudson Bay and the St. Lawrence River. On the other side is the northeast coastline of Asia with the Kamchatka peninsula. In between are a few small areas of coastline with notations concerning reported explorations, including those of Juan de Fuca, the Russian expeditions in 1728 and 1741, the reported West-meer (Sea of the West) and the English quests for a Northwest Passage via the Hudson Bay.
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