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Auction 128, Lot 339

"Plan de la Ville de Boston et ses Environs…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Massachusetts, Boston

Period: 1770 (circa)

Publication: L'Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Hand Color

10.8 x 6.5 inches
27.4 x 16.5 cm
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Attractive early plan of Boston and the harbor including Charles Town and Isle Ronde. It shows the street plan of the town and wharves, and locates gun batteries, powder magazines, Presbyterian church, prison, town hall, windmill and beacon. It indicates an offshore anchorage and the entrance channel and also depicts shoreline topography with the roads running down to the harbor. Large key at left lists sixteen important sites. Engraved at bottom neatline is Tome XIV, No 10. This is very similar to the 1764 Bellin issue from the Petit Atlas Maritime, Tome I, No. 31, but is slightly larger and the title and index are placed on the left. Very nice example.

References: cf Tooley (Amer), p.208, #105.

Condition: A

Folding as issued on thick hand laid paper with large watermark and wide margins. Near fine example with fine hand coloring and dark impression, one small spot in legend and a couple in lower margins

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $375

Closed on 5/20/2009