Catalog Archive
Auction 164, Lot 291

"Plan de la Ville de Boston", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Boston, Massachusetts

Period: 1764 (published)

Publication: Le Petit Atlas Maritime

Color: Black & White

6.1 x 8.3 inches
15.5 x 21.1 cm

This is an attractive and early plan of colonial Boston that extends to include the harbor, Charles Town and Isle Ronde. The map portrays the area in its early evolution, detailing streets and wharves. The key reveals other important locations including gun batteries, powder magazines, prison and town hall. There is a simple compass rose in the harbor and distance scale in the key. The scale is in "Mille Toises" which is equivalent to an English fathom or a little over six feet per Toise. Engraving at top neatline, Tome I, No 31, makes this the 2nd state.

References: Phillips (Atlases) #3508-31; Tooley (Amer), p.208, #105.

Condition: A

A dark impression with light toning confined to the sheet edges.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/13/2017