"Plan de la Nouvelle Orleans. Sur les manuscrits du Depot des Cartes de la Marine", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1757 (circa)
Publication: Prevost's L'Histoire Generale des Voyages
Color: Hand Color
11 x 7.5 inches
27.9 x 19.1 cm
This is an attractive copper engraved plan of the city of New Orleans that details the city center including Bourbon Street. Individual buildings are depicted and keyed to a list under the title naming 18 buildings. The plan 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: Lemmon, Magill & Wiese #171.
Gorgeous early impression with text layout lines clearly visible. Full, original margins and very nice hand coloring.