Auction 144, Lot 91

"Plan de la Nouvelle Orleans. Sur les Manuscrits du Depot des Cartes de la Marine", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: New Orleans, Louisiana

Period: 1757 (circa)

Publication: Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Hand Color

Size:
11 x 7.7 inches
27.9 x 19.6 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.

Condition: A

A good impression on a sturdy sheet with wide original margins and faint offsetting.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $375

Closed on 4/3/2013

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