Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
1757

Antique French Map and Plan of Boston, Massachusetts

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Plan de la Ville de Boston et ses Environs

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One of the earliest obtainable town plans of Boston, Massachusetts. This antique French plan shows the area as it was 12 years before the American Revolutionary War. This fine copper-plate engraved plan from Bellin's Histoire General des Voyages shows the back bay as a true bay, before it was filled and built up in the 19th century. Includes Charles Town across the bay.

In Boston Bay the key features are an anchorage, Ronde Island, and a single dotted line denoting the navigational channel. Very sparse soundings and hydrographic details. Includes at left an index of 16 locations identified alphabetically on the map.
These 16 key locations include:
  • 2 batterys, each with 25 pieces of cannon
  • Two Presbyterian churches
  • A Quaker church
  • An Anabaptist church
  • The armory
  • A wharf
  • The powder magazine
  • A "Petit Bassin qui asseche de basse mer" (the Back Bay area)
  • The fortified and defended city gate

CREATOR: Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

PUBLICATION DATE: 1757

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: Boston Harbor

CONDITION: Very Good.  On clean watermarked antique chain-laid paper . Evident platemark. Slight offsetting from the title but no foxing or notable issues. Good margins.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 10 " x 6 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 0

PRICE: $

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