"[Lot of 2] Plan de la Ville de Buenos-Ayres [and] Argentine Republic, Chili, Uruguay & Paraguay",
Subject: Southern South America
Period: 1757-1855 (circa)
A. Plan de la Ville de Buenos-Ayres, by Jacques Bellin, from Histoire Generale des Voyages, circa 1757, black & white (10.8 x 7.0"). This early plan of Buenos Aires is laid out in blocks with unnamed streets. A few important buildings are identified and the fort is prominently shown on the coast with its ramparts well delineated. Embellished with a large compass in the bay and a rococo-style title cartouche that incorporates a distance scale. Condition: Nice dark impression with faint offsetting and a few tiny spots. Issued folding.
B. Argentine Republic, Chili, Uruguay & Paraguay, by Joseph Hutchins Colton, from the General Altas, dated 1855, hand color (11.8 x 14.5"). This attractive map displays Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. Political boundaries are delineated along with the locations of numerous towns, rivers, lakes and topography. Just to the south of Argentina is a note stating that the area is "inhabited by wandering tribes of Indians." While the map is dated 1855, the 1857 edition of the General Atlas is the only one to use this plain border. Condition: There is a small 1" tear in the upper portion of the image that has been closed on verso with archival tape, and there are a few minor extraneous creases and light even-age toning.