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Rare "Norman's Plan of New Orleans & Environs"

hand-colored lithograph map by Henry Moellhausen, published by B. M. Norman, New Orleans, 1845.
sheet 18-1/2" x 25-1/2"

Provenance: Private collection of Hugo Wedemeyer, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Notes: This rare map is unparalleled in the scope of its detail that illustrates significant social mores through historical boundaries. In 1836, the city charter was repealed and redrawn around Anglo and French Creole communities due to mounting ethnic tensions. The boundaries of these three new municipalities (with their own council, police force and taxes) that lasted until 1852 are clearly delineated on the map in pink/green, green/pink and orange/yellow lines with corresponding street plans and block numbers. Intersecting these municipalities are the transportation lines - railways, canals and ferries, and footprints of dozens of other major edifices, many of which are identified on the legend at the base that contains an impressive listing of public buildings, banks, churches, theaters and businesses.


In overall good condition; map retains nice clarity of detail and color. There are five small tears (all under 1/2") along paper edges at creases, and a tiny possible taped repair en verso at center crease. There is a small loss to the left margin edge. Faint rippling to paper throughout and there is some additional creasing along the top border. Condition is as to be expected with age and medium.

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Rare "Norman's Plan of New Orleans & Environs"

Estimate $900 - $1,200Mar 18, 2018