Auction 148, Lot 271

"Plan de la Ville de Boston et Ses Environs...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Boston, Massachusetts

Period: 1757 (circa)

Publication: Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Hand Color

10.8 x 6.5 inches
27.4 x 16.5 cm

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 churches, 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.

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

Condition: B+

Issued folding, now pressed flat, on a lightly toned sheet with faint offsetting and minor scattered foxing, mostly confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/19/2014