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Original attractively-colored antique maps showing the course of the Senegal River from the lakes of western Mali to the river's mouth on the Atlantic at the city of Ndar (also known as Saint-Louis). The numerous cities, towns, lakes, and regions along the river are named.

The work is printed on two maps, the upper of which shows the western portion of the Senegal River, while the lower map shows the eastern portion. Each map possesses an attractive cartouche while the upper map has displays a compass rose.

These maps credit the information displayed to an anonymous French engineer who worked in the year 1718. This map was reprinted and copied several times during its history due to its definitive cartography of the river for the time.

Condition Description
Old full hand-color. Trimmed to left neatline.
Jacques Nicolas Bellin Biography

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was among the most important mapmakers of the eighteenth century. In 1721, at only the age of 18, he was appointed Hydrographer to the French Navy. In August 1741, he became the first Ingénieur de la Marine of the Dépôt des cartes et plans de la Marine (the French Hydrographic Office) and was named Official Hydrographer of the French King.

During his term as Official Hydrographer, the Dépôt was the one of the most active centers for the production of sea charts and maps in Europe. Their output included a folio-format sea atlas of France, the Neptune Francois. He also produced a number of sea atlases of the world, including the Atlas Maritime and the Hydrographie Francaise. These gained fame and distinction all over Europe and were republished throughout the eighteenth and even in the nineteenth century.

Bellin also produced smaller format maps such as the 1764 Petit Atlas Maritime, containing 580 finely-detailed charts. He also contributed a number of maps for the 15-volume Histoire Generale des Voyages of Antoine François Prévost.

Bellin set a very high standard of workmanship and accuracy, cementing France's leading role in European cartography and geography during this period. Many of his maps were copied by other mapmakers across the continent.

J.V. Schley Biography

Jakob van der Schley was a skilled draftsman and engraver who operated out of Amsterdam and had strong ties with the Hague. He was trained by Bernard Picart and his style resembles that of the elder man. Van der Schely was known for intricately engraved portraits and frontispieces. He signed most of the plates used in the Hague edition of the Abbe Prevost's Histoire generale des voyages