Lot 280: 1860 First Edition Publication STATEMENT OF THE SUGAR CROP, MADE IN LOUISIANA
October 29, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Post-Revolutionary War to Civil War
"Statement of the Sugar Crop Made In Louisiana 1859-60"
1860, First Edition Publication, entitled: "STATEMENT OF THE SUGAR CROP, MADE IN LOUISIANA, IN 1859-60.," Very Fine.
This important 19th Century treatise was written by Pierre [P.A.] Champomier and printed in New Orleans by Cook, Young & Co. Informative work provides invaluable insight into the agricultural dynamics of the slave era in Louisiana. Sugar cane was labor intensive and large numbers of slaves were employed to do the work. The crushed cane was used for fuel, molasses and as a base for rum, and the industry grew rapidly. By 1830, New Orleans had the largest sugar refinery in the world. Additionally, this text is considered an historically important pre-Civil War source, as it furnishes detailed coverage of individual plantations rather than simply parish-wide aggregate figures. The names of hundreds of individual planters [growers] are given, making text an unparalleled pre-war reference. This exceedingly rare book remains in very good condition. Volume bound in original publisher's wraps; light cover wear (see images), generally clean and tight throughout. All in all, this desirable treatise remains very presentable. The text is 46-pages with separate preliminaries; and measures 7.25" tall x 4.25" wide. An important Louisiana historical document relating to its economy and use of Slavery of the era. We sold another similar copy in our EAHA, May 2008 Auction, Lot 2287, which sold for $295.
Parishes covered: Rapides, Avoyelles, West and East Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, West and East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Ascension, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Assumption, Lafourche Interior, Terrebonne, St. Mary, St. Martin, Vermillion, Lafayette, St. Landry. Locations covered: New Orleans, McCutcheon, Court-house, Taylor, Bonnet Carre, Edgard, Vacherie, Grand Point, Cantrelle, Convent, Tureand, Donaldsonville, New River, Bayou Goula, Iberville, Plaquemine, Rosedale, Manchac, Bruly Landing, Baton Rouge, Lobdell's Store, Port Hudson, Hermitage, Waterloo, St. Francisville, Pointe Coupee, Morganzia, Williamsport, Red River Wharf Roat, Simmsport, Moreauville, Evergreen, Holmesville, Cheneyville, Lecomte, Alexandria, Crane Forge, Paincourtville, Napoleanville, Church, Albermarle, Star, Thibodauxville, Raceland, Terrebonne Station, Lawrence, Houma, Tigerville, Alligator, Brashear, Berwick City, Pattersonville, Centreville, Franklin, Charenton, Jeanerette, New Iberia, Fausse Point, St. Martinville, Breaux Bridge, Arneaudville, Leonville, Grand Coteau, Opelousas, Washington, Perry's Bridge and Abbeyville.