Superb early plan of New Orleans

An important transitional and very detailed early map of New Orleans, copied after the original manuscript town-plan of the city drafted by Le Blond de la Tour in 1722. It captures the symmetrical layout of the city, and individually labels each of the streets. The boundaries of every property lot are delineated, and the placement of every building is marked. with a list of 18 specific buildings at top, located on the map (includes hospital, prison, church, arms depot, etc.). Also shows many more buildings rendered in outline form, as well as gardens, plots of land, etc.).

The waters of the Mississippi River are vividly expressed through especially fine engraving, and the canal that runs along the eastern side of the city, built in 1729, is depicted.

A most desirable mid-18th century urban plan..

Excellent hand colour

Very good condition

code : M4799

Cartographer : Jacques-Nicolas BELLIN

Date : 1757 Paris

Size : 19*27.5 cms

availability : Sold

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Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was one of the most important and prolific French cartographers of the mid-eighteenth century, in the service of the French Hydrographical Office. He was appointed the first Ingenieur Hydrographe de la Marine, and also Official Hydrographer to the French King.

Bellin was responsible for an enormous output of charts and maps. In a large folio format, he issued a volume of sea-charts of France, the Neptune Francois, and several sea-atlases of the World, including the Atlas Maritime and the Hydrographie Francaise. These large charts were amongst the best of the period and continued being reissued throughout the second half of the eighteenth century.

In smaller format, he issued the Petit Atlas Maritime (1764),which contained 580 detailed charts, as well as maps to illustrate l'Abbe Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages (1746-1757). Bellin also produced a substantial number of important separately issued maps, particularly reflecting continuing discoveries and political events in the Americas.