Auction 117, Lot 311

"Plan de Philadelphie et Environs", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Period: 1764 (published)

Publication: Le Petit Atlas Maritime

Color: Hand Color

6.5 x 8.5 inches
16.5 x 21.6 cm

This is a charming pre-Revolutionary plan of Philadelphia. The grid pattern of streets in Philadelphia is based on the Holmes plan, and the surrounding countryside and roads are derived from Scull and Heap's important map. Bellin narrowed the scope of this map to extend from just north of the city to just below Mud Island. The regions south of the city are labeled Territoire de Passyunk and Territoire de Moyamensing. It also shows the towns of Kensington, PA and Gloucester, NJ, mills, ferries, and anchorages in the Delaware River. On Province Island the location of the Hopital des Pestiferes (immigrant quarantine known as a pesthouse) is shown.

References: Phillips (A) #3508, Vol. 1, #34; Sellers & van Ee #1309.

Condition: A

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 12/6/2006