Auction 134, Lot 251

"Plan of New Orleans the Capital of Louisiana", Benning, Robert

Subject: New Orleans, Louisiana

Period: 1761 (published)

Publication: London Magazine

Color: Black & White

9 x 7.2 inches
22.9 x 18.3 cm

Great little plan detailing the city center, including Bourbon Street, with the roads leading into the city. It shows houses, streets, the Parish Church, municipal buildings, barracks, a powder magazine, a brick kiln, and the New House of ye Ursalines (Ursuline Academy), among its many details. Based on a manuscript map by Le Blond de la Tour that formed the basis of most plans of New Orleans throughout the 18th century. This is one of the earliest available plans printed in English; the first being Thomas Jefferys' plan of 1759.

References: Jolly LOND-199; Sellers and Van Ee #1679.

Condition: B+

There is a small stain near title at bottom, else very good.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $275

Closed on 12/1/2010