Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing, 1974. First printing. Cloth over Boards. Quarto, pp. 198, indexed, illustrated with more than 450 b/w and color photographs. Signed by a previous owner in 1974 on front endpaper. Very Good in Very Good DJ. Item #21232
The celebrated cemeteries of New Orleans are one of the most fascinating attractions in a city noted for the exotic and the unusual. With above-ground burial a virtual necessity because of the city's environs, early inhabitants adopted the prevailing standard, erecting imposing tombs and mausoleums based on Classical, Egyptian, and Near Eastern revival styles. This volume, prepared by The Friends of the Cabildo, a leading preservationist organization, documents the development of New Orleans cemeteries, analyzes the contrasting architectural styles, traces significant funerary influences, and illustrates the delicate ironwork, immortelles, and other accoutrements that characterize the city's cemeteries.