New York: Macmillan and Co. 1895. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's green cloth, spine and upper board decoratively gilt, top edge gilt.
Charmingly illustrated popular history of New Orleans by prolific regional novelist and biographer Grace King. King distinguished herself with stories, drawn from her own experiences and published in the popular magazines of the day, about the lives of southern women and girls dispossessed by the Civil War. Though an apologist for the antebellum South, she wrote empathetically about the situation of black and mixed race women during Reconstruction. The present work surveys New Orleans history from its settlement by the French in the early 18th-century, through the Louisiana Purchase, the exploits of the Lafitte pirate clan and the Battle of New Orleans, the Civil War and Reconstruction, to the 1890s. Unsurprisingly, King is at her liveliest and most informative as a portraitist, in her attention paid to the role of women (in particular, the nuns of the Ursuline Convent), and in a chapter devoted to black and African heritage and traditions in the city. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white line drawings by Frances E. Jones. With 15 pages of publisher's ads in the rear. Publisher's decorative cloth nearly fine, with just a few faint smudges and spine slightly toned. Item #537