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Auction 116, Lot 272

"Plan de la Ville de Boston", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Colonial Boston, Massachusetts

Period: 1764 (published)

Publication: Petit Atlas Maritime

Color: Hand Color

6 x 8.4 inches
15.2 x 21.3 cm
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This is an attractive and early plan of colonial Boston that extends to include the harbor, Charles Town and Isle Ronde. The copper engraved map portrays the area in its early evolution. It details streets and wharves and locates, via a key, gun batteries, powder magazines, Presbyterian church, prison, town hall, windmill and beacon. There is a simple compass rose in the harbor and distance scale in the key area. Engraving at top neatline, Tome I, No 31, makes this the 2nd state.

References: Tooley (Amer), p.208, #105.

Condition: A

Fine impression with nice hand coloring. On thick hand laid paper with original margins. A small spot in the legend.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $475

Closed on 9/20/2006