Map Description: This scarce 1744 map by J. N. Bellin, is the first edition first state of earliest obtainable map of New Orleans, Louisiana. Oriented to the east, Bellin's map covers the original settlement of New Orleans along the Mississippi River and inland as far the Fosse pled'eau (roughly translated: 'Pit full of Water') near modern day Dauphine Street, and from modern day Iberville Street (shown but not named) to modern day Barracks Street (shown but not named). The map shows some 100 buildings with some 18 specifically identified via an alphabetically coded table set just above the map. There are several editions of this map. The present example, the earliest, is identifiable by the inclusion of the date in, the upper right quadrant as well as the name of the engraver, Guillaume Dheulland, which appears in, the bottom right margin, (here partially trimmed out). Bellin, originally prepared this map to illustrate Pierre François in, xavier de Ch arlevoiin, x's Histoire et de scription generale de la Nouvelle France . Later editions, most with slight modifications, were issued to accompany Provost's Histoire des Voyages and reissues of Charlevoiin, x. Charlevoiin, x's history and this map in, particular thus proved exceptionally influential as one of the most comprehensive works on North America predating the French and Indian War. Copies of the Histoire et description generale were to be found in, the libraries of many 18th century lumin
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