Auction 117, Lot 261

"Grondvlakte van Nieuw Orleans, de Hoofdstad van Louisiana [on sheet with] De Uitloop van de Rivier Missisippi [and] De oostelyke Ingang van de Missisippi, met een Plan van het Fort, 't Welk het Kanaal Beheerscht", Tirion, Isaac

Subject: Louisiana, New Orleans

Period: 1769 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

17.6 x 13 inches
44.7 x 33 cm

This handsome sheet consists of three maps composed around a large compass rose. This is Tirion's version of the map first drawn by De la Tour in 1720, only two years after the founding of New Orleans. The first is a plan of the city of New Orleans (now the French Quarter) vividly depicting its protective canal, barracks and quays. The second is a map of the vicinity of New Orleans including the delta and surrounding bayou. The third is a map of the location of Fort la Balisle at the mouth of the river, which sank into the marsh in the late 1700's. Each map has a delicately engraved title cartouche.

References: Goss (NA) #63; Van Ermen #39.

Condition: A

Good impression and lovely original color with a couple of very minor spots of candle wax. Issued folding, now pressed.

Estimate: $750 - $850

Sold for: $550

Closed on 12/6/2006