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[New Orleans]
BLUE BOOK [wrapper title]
[New Orleans, 1915. [96]pp., printed throughout in red and black. 12mo. Original printed pale blue wrappers, expertly rebacked in matching blue paper. Soft vertical crease to text, minor toning, upper outer corner of one leaf repaired. Very good. The last edition of the series of guides to the bawdy houses and prostitutes of New Orleans, issued between 1900 and 1915, and known collectively as the "Blue Books" of Storyville. Heartman identifies this is as the twelfth or thirteenth edition. Pamela Arceneaux, in GUIDEBOOKS TO SIN, condenses Heartman's last two editions into the same print run, having compared Heartman's two editions and finding them identical. Arceneaux further believes that this edition could have been printed as early as 1913, based on intertextual clues found during her research, cross-referenced with contemporary New Orleans city directories. The red-light district of New Orleans operated in a very public way until the U.S. government suppressed it at the time of the American entrance into the First World War. This guide lists women by address, followed by advertisements for brothels; all interspersed with advertisements for liquor and cigars. Included lists of burlesque houses, names of landladies, and names of prominent women in the trade. The prostitutes are often identified by race, most commonly white, black, and octoroon. The earliest such guide appeared about 1896, and they were produced almost annually from 1900 to 1915. During this period, all of the guides issued under the title BLUE BOOK were the product of Billy Struve, allegedly from the … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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