Item #76275 NEW ORLEANS CITY GUIDE. Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the City of New Orleans.


Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1938. First Edition. Hardcover. One of the marquee productions in the American Guide Series, first published in 1938 and reissued in 1952 and 1983. The New Orleans City Guide was largely written and edited by Lyle Saxon (1891–1946), who was also responsible for the other book-length volumes produced by the Louisiana Writers' Project: Louisiana: A Guide to the State (1941) and Gumbo Ya-Ya (1945). As Lawrence N. Powell of Tulane University wrote in a 2009 article for Southern Spaces, "No tour guide, before or since - and there have been several good ones - has done a better job mapping the Crescent City's fabled enjoyment culture. It surveys most of the music and art scene from that period, paints vivid pictures of carnival pageantry, and evokes New Orleans' love of fun and whimsy. The city's storied restaurants, several of them still in business, get proper billing; so do legendary recipes. Even the history it serves up is entertaining..." Octavo: lxii, [i], 430 p. with numerous photographs, illustrations, and maps, including the folding map housed in the rear pocket. Original blue cloth binding, with gilt titles. Period bookseller's label to the rear flyleaf. The dust jacket is price-clipped, with some general shelfwear, including a short tear to the front panel that has been mended with tape on the verso; otherwise very good. Very good / Very good. Item #76275

Price: $100.00