Auction 124, Lot 238

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

Subject: Louisiana, New Orleans

Period: 1764 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

11 x 7.5 inches
27.9 x 19.1 cm

This 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 and 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, Magill & Wiese #171.

Condition: A

A good impression on a sturdy sheet with wide original margins. There are a few light spots in the margins, well away from the map.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $350

Closed on 5/7/2008