Jacques Nicolas Bellin 1703-1772 One of the greatest and most important French cartographers of the mid-eighteenth century, worked for the Dépot des Cartes et Plans de la Marine over fifty years.In 1741 he was later appointed ingenieur hydrographe de la Marine. was appointed hydrographer to the king.('Hidrographe du Roy') His maps set a high standard of production and accuracy and were often copied by cartographers of other European countries. During his term of office he was commissioned to carry out major coastal surveys. In 1764 J.N. Bellin published Petit atlas maritime... in five volumes which contained several hundred maps. Among his other works are maps to l'Abbe Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages (1746-1757). Bellin also produced many accurate and finely engraved separately issued maps.