Auction 127, Lot 281

"Plan de la Nouvelle Orleans", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: New Orleans, Colonial Louisiana

Period: 1757 (circa)

Publication: Prevost's L'Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Black & White

11 x 7.5 inches
27.9 x 19.1 cm

Attractive plan of the city of New Orleans detailing the city center, including Bourbon Street, with individual buildings depicted and keyed to a list under the title. It 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, used in several publications. The plan became the standard map of New Orleans throughout the eighteenth century.

References: cf Lemmon, Magill & Wiese #171.

Condition: B+

Full margins and light impression. A small printer's ink stain in lower right margin and a few very light foxing areas in map, nearly invisible.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $190

Closed on 2/25/2009