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Description

Rare hand-colored lithographed antique map of New Orleans and Missouri, by Ormando Willis Gray.

Interestingly, New Orleans almost always appeared on a sheet with Louisville in American atlases in the 19th century, but Gray broke the mold and put it on the same sheet as the other major Mississippi River metropolis, St. Louis.

The cities are hand-colored by ward.

O.W. Gray Biography

O. W. Gray was a publishing firm based in Philadelphia. Later, they published as O. W. Gray & Son. They published atlases in the late nineteenth century. Gray's National Atlas was one of the most successful commercial ventures of the 1870s and one of the last to employ hand coloring on maps.