Unrecorded Edition of Norman’s Plan of New Orleans

60 [Map – Louisiana] Norman, B.M. Norman’s
Plan of New Orelans & Environs. New Orleans:
Published by B.M. Norman, No. 16 Camp Street,
Engraved by Shields & Norman, No. 2 Camp St.,
1845. 12mo, original red cloth embossed covers
(showing light wear) with gilt title on upper
boards, and original bookseller label on inside
pastedown “From Norman’s Book, Stationary,
Printing, Binding, Establishment. No. 16 Camp
Street, NEW ORLEANS.” Map is printed on
banker-style paper and measures approximately
17 ½ inches high x 24 inches wide, and is
handcolored in green, blue, red, brown and
yellow. Small repair on one fold, with small
amount of browning along the pastedown, but
otherwise quite a nice copy.

Not recorded in Phillips, OCLC or Rumsey (all of which do have the 1845 version with
Moellhausen’s name featured in the title; that version is found in nine locations on OCLC).
Other differences between this variant and the one with Moellhausen’s name in the title (as seen in the online picture at the Library of Congress) are that the title is in different
typefaces and more importantly, the map extends and covers different areas than on the
Moellhausen version. For example, in Gretna (across the river in the Southwest section) the Moellhausen map shows only Front street and part of Second street (13 partial and full blocks); this map extends to Third street (18 full and partial blocks). Another change is seen in the river route of the St. Mary’s Market Steam Ferry, which is shown running on the Mississippi between Joseph Street (printed ‘St. Joseph’ in the Moellhausen map) and pier 28 in Lafayette and then across to Gretna; this route is not shown on the Moellhausen map. The list of references at the bottom of the map is also very different; in the Moellhausen map the businesses are categorized by subject, but in this map they are all listed under “References.” In addition, the numbering is different for the businesses; in this map there are four references for banks, numbered ‘1’ to ‘4’, but in the Moellhausen map there are six banks listed (and they are numbered differently – ‘8’ to ‘13’. In addition, the Moellhausen map has 75 numbered items, while this map has 71 numbered (and 2 unnumbered). The ‘Explanations’ key in the Moellhausen map has five items listed – municipal boundaries, wards, fire boundaries, the elevation of the city and the ¼ mile circles; but this map has a 75 word explanation of the city, plus an unusual scale showing the number of tenements to a mile, so that you can more easily gauge the distance
traveled. In the MacDonogh neighborhood, the Moellhausen map goes to Anson street, but this map includes one more – Herschel street. Careful study and comparison will certainly
show other differences between these two maps, but it seems apparent that generally the
Moellhausen map has more detailed information, leading me to believe that this map
was issued and published as the first issue, and then Moellhausen was brought on for a
corrected and improved version later that same year.

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