HISTORICAL SKETCH BOOK AND GUIDE TO NEW ORLEANS AND ENVIRONS, WITH MAP. ILLUSTRATED WITH MANY ORIGINAL ENGRAVINGS; AND CONTAINING MANY EXHAUSTIVE ACCOUNTS OF THE TRADITIONS, HISTORICAL LEGENDS AND REMARKABLE LOCALITIES OF THE CREOLE CITY. EDITED AND COMPILED BY SEVERAL LEADING WRITERS OF THE NEW ORLEANS PRESS.

New York: Will. H. Coleman, 1885. [4], 324 pp, plus 14 illustrated plates, including frontis, on thick card stock. Original printed wrappers. "Marche narien lazambes qui bisoin. - Creole Proverb," at head of title. Frontis illustration of the dueling grounds of New Orleans. Spine wrapper is shorn, and the front wrapper and first several leaves are detached from the text block. Lower portion of inner front wrapper and first several leaves are gnawed at the blank inner margins. Pages with uniform light toning but unmarred. The map was evidently not issued with copies in wrappers. Good plus.

According to BAL, relying on a Publisher's Weekly article, "the map was issued with cloth-bound copies only; this may be an error since all copies, whether in cloth or in paper, have the 'With Map' statement." Howes says the map was "not issued in all copies."
This is BAL's third printing, State B, of the first edition, with State B of the binding. BAL lists its detailed bibliographic analysis with the works of George Washington Cable, whose letter recommending the book is printed after the Introduction.
The book "contains original accounts of the traditions, historical legends and remarkable localities of the Creole city, contributed by Hearn [who it is thought edited the volume], Judge Alexander Walker, and others" [American Art Association Catalogue].
Howes C574. Thompson 809. BAL 2340 and 7915. American Art Galleries, Catalogue of First and Other Editions of the Writings of ...Lafcadio Hearn, January 20, 1914, #301. Item #38310

Price: $500.00