[New Orleans: 1874]. Folio, with the ownership bookplate of Felix Limongi. Extra-illustrated chromolithographic title page as frontis, dated 1874. , 12- 336,  pp. Profusely illustrated, many advertisements. Light to moderate foxing, Good+. Bound in publisher's black cloth with front cover stamped in gilt: "Presented to Str. Waloon | Jewell's Crescent City Illustrated. | By James A. Gresham Bookseller & Stationer. 92 Camp Street. New Orleans."
"No City in the United States, of equal population, commercial importance and material wealth, is so little known by the outside world as New Orleans," writes the author, from New Orleans on January 1, 1873. His intention is to present "the most prominent features that contribute to make the Crescent City the great metropolis of the South and South-West, and prove the intelligence, enterprise and progressive spirit of its citizens." Written during mid-Reconstruction, the book "commands the serious consideration of capitalists, immigrants and the commercial world."
The book has biographical sketches, and detailed information on carnival societies, churches and two synagogues, insurance companies, public buildings and institutions, public squares, theatres, various associations, residences, stores, schools, views, factories, hotels, and other items of public interest. Another printing in 1873 advertises a folding map in the title, and is about one third the length of our offering.
Felix Limongi [1865-1929] was a New Orleans merchant, avid collector of historical ephemera, and resident Secretary to the New Orleans Knights of Columbus. He donated large collections of historical ephemera to libraries and historical societies. He was described in contemporary newspaper articles as a cultured man and powerful speaker.
Thompson 1346. Item #37804