Old Maps Collection
Carte des Isles qui sont a l'entrée de la riviere de Canton
Bellin, Jacques-Nicolas, 1703-1772, cartographer
JPEG 4831 × 5960, 32MB
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
21 x 17 cm, on sheet 26 x 21 cm
This is a map of the South China coast from Shangchuan Island Lantao (Latao) Island. The focus is on the surrounding area of Macau and the most important islands in navigational aid to and from Macau. Xiangshan Island is marked as 'Isla de Macao' as was common on western maps of this period, demonstrating the importance of Macau over Xiangshan for foreign trade. There are depicted on the map the famous islands of Shangchuan (Chang-chuen-chan), Lampacao (Lampe Kao), the Ilha dos Veados (Islas dos Ucados) Lapa (I. des Prêtres), Montanha (Montania) and the Thieves Islands (les Isles des Voleurs). The presence of the soundings are also another indicator that the map has a navigational aid purpose. They extend all the way from Shangchuan to the entrance of the Pearl River.
Original is a copperplate printed map in the 'Le petit atlas maritime: recueil de cartes et plans des quatre parties du monde'.
There is a 16-point compass rose on the map with a fleur-de-lis indicating north. Rhumb lines for the principal winds are bold and half-winds are dotted.
Map oriented with East at the top.
Title inside scroll work cartouche.
Scale line underneath the title in black and white interchangeably.
Relief shown pictorially and bathymetric relief by soundings.
Map outlined in simple fillet.
Macao in China maps.
Macao and its surroundings.
Phillips, P.L. A list of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress, vol. 3, n.º 3508, p. 348-355
Pearl River Delta (China)
South China Sea
Tome III, n.º 56
Petit atlas maritime : recueil de cartes et plans des quatre parties du monde.
Bellin, Jacques-Nicolas, 1703-1772
Harvard College Library
Provenance Call No.:
G1059 .B45 1764*