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Auction 151, Lot 245

"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 on watermarked paper with light toning, minor offsetting, and a binding trim at top left replaced with old paper.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/19/2014