1748 Bellin World
This superb reproduction of the original antique hand colored copperplate engraved map of “Essay D’une Carte Réduite, contenant Les Parties Connuees Du Globe Terrestre” was published by the Comte de Maúrepas for Jacques Nicholas Bellin, Hydrographer to the Crown of France in 1748. It is an excellent view of the world as it was known just prior to the three voyages of discovery of Captain Cook. In the following three decades Cook would add much missing information to this map including the Bering Straight, the coastline of New Zealand, the eastern coast of Australia, the west coast of North America and the Hawaiian Islands. Bellin surveyed all the known coasts of the world after being appointed Ingénieur Hydrographe de la Marine in the French Hydrographic Service. Maúrepas was a French statesman who attempted to apply scientific principles to map making.
What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.
1748 Bellin World