Paris: From Bellin's Le Petit Atlas Maritime. 1764. Image size: 8 1/2 x 6 1/2. Good margins and a strong impression. Light staining in the left blank margin; otherwise near fine. Item #3703
The earliest obtainable map of Manhattan. This attractive small map of the southern tip of Manhattan appeared in Bellin's Le Petit Atlas Maritime in 1764.
Portraying a heavily fortified city, Bellin's map is based on a manuscript map drawn in 1693. Although the 1693 map was severely outdated by the time Bellin published it, it apparently was the best map of the city available to him as he assembled his Atlas in 1764. Augustyn & Cohen note that this map is "the earliest printed plan of the city acquirable by the collector today..." Augustyn & Cohen: Manhattan in Maps 1527-1995: pp. 50-51. [ICN 3739.].