Carte hydrographique de la baye de La Havane.. - #2095


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DATE: 1900/1762

MAP MAKER:Julius Bien/Jacques Nicolas Bellin

SIZE: 22 1/8" X 16 1/16".

PRICE: $125.00

 

Julius Bien; 1826 - 1909.

A german born editor, Bien established in New York the Julius Bien & Co. and started to produce an amazing amount of photo lithographs for books, atlases, travel maps and guides, railroad directories, etc.
He is known to have cooperated with Audubon's son to print a double elephant folio of "The birds of America".

Carte hydrographique de la baye de La Havane..

This large city map (22 1/8' X 16 1/16") is a rather amateurish re-engraving of the famous Bellin 1762 work.
It was produced to be incorporated in a guide book for the US personnel during the 1899 - 1902 period of occupation of Cuba after the Spanish defeat and cession of the island to the US. Amazingly, all details of the original map which served as model were replicated by the contracted town architect, including the library archive stamp! (see lower left corner).
Like the original, it offers an extraordinary level of details concerning the defenses of the town, notice in particular the name of each of the ten bastions along the city wall, with their respective guns complement.
No text on verso except "13".

 

 

 

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