Auction 128, Lot 315

"Plan de la Baye de Pensacola dans la Floride", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Florida

Period: 1764 (circa)

Publication: Le Petit Atlas Maritime

Color: Hand Color

6.7 x 8.5 inches
17 x 21.6 cm

This copperplate engraved chart shows the bay with the tiny village of Pensacola protected by Fort St. Charles and by Fort de Ste. Rose which lies across the bay on a narrow spit of land. Locates a few houses in Pensacola. Soundings and a bit of topographical detail on the coast are all that is shown, locating Pointe au Chevruil, Fontaine, and several rivers including du Gouverneur, de l'Amirante, and du Jourdan. A rococo-style title cartouche incorporates a distance scale. The fleur-de-lys and rhumblines show north to the left. At upper right is "Tome. I. No. 42."

References: Phillips (A) #3508; Sellers & Van Ee #1655.

Condition: A

Fine example with wide margins, crisp impression and fine color less one ink spot with smudge outside map image at upper left. Text watermark.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $210

Closed on 5/20/2009