Auction 126, Lot 290

"Section of Hardee's Map of Louisiana, Showing the Three Parts of a Plan for Hydraulic Engineering for the Drainage of the City of New Orleans… and the Prevention of its Inundations",

Subject: Louisiana, New Orleans

Period: 1879 (dated)

Publication: Contributions to the Science of Hydraulic Engineering

Color: Black & White

17.5 x 12 inches
44.5 x 30.5 cm

This highly detailed map describes Edward Fontaine's proposed system of improvements and jetties along the Mississippi River to improve drainage and prevent flooding in New Orleans. It is from Fontaine's scare report noted at left. The map is centered on St. Charles and shows the river from Baton Rouge to below Lake Hermitage. Remarkable detail with the names of hundreds of individual land owner's named along the river. Large inset shows the complex delta system. The full Hardee map is rare and we find no prior sales record for this Fontaine version.


Condition: A+

Fine, dark impression on a full sheet with very wide margins. Two tiny fold intersection splits.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $275

Closed on 12/3/2008