Auction 121, Lot 246

"Plan de la Nouvelle Orleans sur les Manuscrits du Depot des Cartes de la Marine", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: New Orleans, Louisiana

Period: 1755 (circa)

Publication: Prevost's L'Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Hand Color

11 x 7.5 inches
27.9 x 19.1 cm

Attractive plan of the city of New Orleans details the city center, including Bourbon Street, with individual buildings keyed to a list under the title. The illustration locates the quay along the Mississippi River, the canal, government buildings, church, prison, hospital, monastery, army & navy quarters. Bellin's plan was first issued in Charlevoix's History and General Description of New France in 1742, with later versions such as this published in several publications. It became the standard map of New Orleans throughout the eighteenth century.

References: cf Lemmon #171.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with delicate color. Margins trimmed close to the neatline , but just adequate for framing. With folds as issued, tape remnants on verso.

Estimate: $220 - $300

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/26/2007