REPORT OF THE FIRST GRAND FAIR OF THE MECHANICS' AND AGRICULTURAL FAIR ASSOCIATION OF LOUISIANA, HELD IN THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, AT THE MAGNIFICENT AND EXTENSIVE FAIR GROUNDS OF THE ASSOCIATION. TOGETHER WITH THE PREMIUM ESSAYS AND ADDRESSES DELIVERED ON THE OCCASION BY THE HONS. I. N. MARKS, WM. M. BURWELL, AND VICTOR BURTHE.

New Orleans: Printed at the Commercial Bulletin Job Office, 1867. 60, [25- advertisements], [3 blanks] pp. Original printed yellow wrappers [some extremity chipping]. Originally stitched, now loosened. Illustration on rear wrapper: 'Front Entrance, Gentilly Road]. Several institutional stamps, scattered foxing and dusting. The final [25] pages are advertisements from various commercial enterprises, mostly from New Orleans. Good+.

The Report announces Louisiana's entry into the post-War New South, displaying its "improvements" in agriculture and the "Mechanic Arts." The advertisements alone demonstrate impressively Louisiana's determined recovery from the War.
Officers, Directors, and Committee Members are listed after the title page. The Fair's President was the merchant I.N. Marks. "As indicated by his name, ISAAC N. MARKS is of Hebrew descent, and is a distinguished representative of his highly favored race, but, contrary to the usual customs of that people, he has adopted the Christian faith. This change in his creed is due to the independent manner of thought which has characterized him from his boyhood, and has ever made him master of his personality in the domain of both his sentiments and business. Mr. Marks is a native of South Carolina, having been born at Charleston, on the 5th of May, 1817. At the age of nineteen he came to New Orleans, and linked his career with that of his adopted city, then lacking much of the greatness and grandeur which to-day places her a queen among cities" [online 'Genealogy Trails History Group, Orleans Parish],
The pamphlet records Louisiana's first Fair after the War's end, in late November 1866. An essay explains its establishment and inauguration in late November 1866. "The mellow light of an Indian Summer's sun shone down..." The various exhibits are listed, followed by Marks's Address, lamenting the "long and disastrous war, leaving in its desolated path ruin upon every side; agriculture paralyzed; commerce languishing; a well-regulated labor system grown venerable in its usefulness, and its humane tendencies suddenly and violently destroyed." Other Addresses call for immigration, manufactures, agricultural improvements, and modernization.
Not in Thompson, which records later fairs of this Association. OCLC 24446596 [1- Historic New Orleans Collection] as of December 2020, but not collating the 25-page advertisement section. Item #37280

Price: $600.00