|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||PP Choffard fecit [Nyon, Paris, 1759]|
|Dimensions||75 x 110 mm|
A decorative French miniature map of 'Loknouer' (Loch Nan Uamh on the western coast of Scotland) from Bellin's Essai Geographique sur les Isles Britanniques. The map features depth soundings and anchorages, and is enclosed in a baroque frame featuring an inset scale in French miles.
Pierre-Philippe Choffard (1731-1809) was a French engraver, who, despite an apprenticeship with the mapmaker Dheulland, worked primarily as an engraver of decorative ornaments, headpieces, and tailpieces.
Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was a French hydrographer, geographer, and member of the French intellectual group the Philosophes. 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. His maps of Canada and of French territories in North America (New France, Acadia, Louisiana) are particularly valuable. He died at Versailles.
Condition: Vertical folds as issued. Trimmed to plate on left margin, as issued. Blank on verso.