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Auction 163, Lot 308

Scarce Pocket Map of New Orleans in Excellent Condition

"The World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition... Plan No. 2 Map of the City of New Orleans Showing Location of Exposition Grounds and All Approaches Thereto by Land & Water",

Subject: New Orleans, Louisiana

Period: 1884 (circa)


Color: Black & White

36.7 x 26.7 inches
93.2 x 67.8 cm
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This scarce, detailed map shows the entire city of New Orleans from Lake Ponchartrain to the Mississippi, naming individual streets, buildings, parks, fairgrounds, railroads, docks, and a few property owners along the Mississippi. The Cotton Centennial was held in New Orleans in the winter of 1884 to celebrate 100 years since the first export of cotton from the region in 1784. It was filled with exhibits from states, territories and many countries. The map is decorated with numerous insets and views including: Perspective View of the Buildings and Grounds, Mexican National Headquarters, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Furniture Pavilion, United States and State Exhibits, The Main Building, Agricultural Hall, Art Gallery, Factories and Mills, The Grounds Plans, Plan of New Orleans in 1770, View of New Orleans in 1719, and an untitled bird's-eye view of the South Pass. Lithograph by Southern Litho Co. 38 Natchez St., N.O. The map is accompanied by the original cloth boards with embossing and gilt titling on the front cover, although the map is no longer attached. A scarce issue.

References: Rumsey #5324.

Condition: A

An exceptionally conserved example that has been backed in thin, archival tissue to repair fold separations, a 3" tear at bottom right, and a 2" tear at bottom left. There are a couple of very minor areas of loss along the folds and at fold intersections, with the image skillfully replaced in facsimile. There map is overall clean and bright with minor soiling at bottom left. The covers are moderately worn and stained.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900


Closed on 6/14/2017