New Orleans: F.F. Hansell and Bro., Ltd, 1903. Hardcover. Fourth Edition. American historian, lawyer, author, politician and slave owner, Charles Gayarre (1805 - 1895) was best known for his histories of Louisiana; although, he wrote fiction as well. Born in New Orleans to a Spanish and French Creole planter family, he grew up on a plantation before attending law school in Pennsylvania. He lost his considerable fortune by supporting the Confederacy and later earned money by writing and working as a court reporter. He was president of the Louisiana Historical Society for nearly thirty years. This four volume edition includes a biography of the author, bibliography, an extensive index, and combines multiple works and lectures that were previously published by the author about Louisiana under separate covers. Each volume is bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards. Leather and gilt title and volume labels to spines. Minor cracking to leather on spines, minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Frontispiece and three fold-out maps. Clean interiors overall. Minor browning to margins of pages in some volumes. Top edges gilt with marbled endpaper. Volume I is 540 pages; Volume II is 383 pages; Volume III is 649 pages; Volume IV is 693 pages plus index. This set may require an extra shipping fee. STA/022119. Very Good.