New Orleans bar broadside dating to 1769 offered at Bonhams

A broadside issued in New Orleans in 1769 to regulate the number of bars, pool halls and cabarets is expected to make $10,000-15,000 at Bonhams.

The manuscript is among a number of fascinating lots that will cross the block in the September 22 Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in San Francisco.

New Orleans broadside
Drinking and carousing has been a problem in New Orleans

Local viceroy Alejandro O'Reilly, who took control of the region in 1769, was responsible for passing the edict in an attempt to curtail the city's reputation as a party town.

McMurtie, in his history of the city, writes that it "tends to show that New Orleans has not changed so much in three half-centuries, [and] points out that one of the principal causes of disorder in the city is the large number of inns, billiard halls, and cabarets then in operation."

Another broadside pertaining to Louisiana, this time a rare copy of the act of secession printed at the start of the US civil war in 1861, is estimated to bring $6,000-9,000.

It features a depiction of the Louisiana state flag, which was used for two weeks after the emancipation from the United States and prior to joining the confederacy.

The sale will also include a draft manuscript of Walt Whitman's The Voice of the Rain.

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