Plantation Parade by Kane First Edition

Plantation Parade by Kane First Edition.

PRESENTING A RARE FIRST EDITION hardback copy of Plantation Parade  – The Grand Manner in Louisiana by Harnett T. Kane (with Illustrations)from 1945.

This RARE book is in fair condition for its age….. some very minor ‘knicks’ on the edges of the hardcover….spine slightly loose.

The book is a FIRST EDITION!!

This is a RARE First Edition!!

Harnett Thomas Kane (November 8, 1910 – September 4, 1984) was an author of some thirty books of Louisiana and southern historygeographyculture, and fiction. Stricken with Alzheimer’s disease in his middle fifties, he was unable to write for the last seventeen years of his life.

A native of New Orleans, Kane is best known for Huey Long’s Louisiana Hayride: The American Rehearsal for Dictatorship, 1928–1940, a 1941 study of the corruption of the Long political dynasty in his home state. His 1943 work Bayous of Louisiana examines the major bayous of Louisiana. In the chapter “The Opulent Teche”, he refers to Bayou Teche, which flows in South Louisiana through IberiaSt. LandrySt. Martin and St. Mary parishes, as “the most handsomely endowed of the bayous”[1]

Other Kane works are Plantation Parade (a look at early plantation houses in Louisiana), Deep Delta CountrySpies for the Blue and the Gray, Natchez on the MississippiYoung Mark Twain and the MississippiQueen New OrleansThe Southern Christmas CookbookThe Ursulines: Nuns of AdventureGone Are the Days, and The Romantic South.[2][3]

The Lady of Arlington is Kane’s 1953 novel based on the life of Mary Anna Custis Lee, the wife of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, who was a great-granddaughter of Martha WashingtonThe Gallant Mrs. Stonewall is a 1957 novel based on Confederate General Stonewall Jackson and his second wife, Mary Anna Jackson, known as the “widow of the Confederacy.” Bride of Fortune is Kane’s 1948 novel of Varina Howell Davis, the second wife of Confederate President Jefferson DavisThe Smiling Rebel is his 1955 novel based on the Confederate spy Belle Boyd of Front RoyalVirginia.[3]

Kane wrote book reviews and travel articles for Reader’s Digest, The New York TimesSaturday Review, and National Geographic. He began writing while attending Tulane University, from which he graduated in 1931. He became a reporter for several years for the defunct New Orleans Item newspaper.[2]

Upon his death in New Orleans at the age of seventy-three, Kane was survived by two sisters from New Orleans, Florence K. Reynolds and Anne Kane.[2]

A Kane admirer terms him one of the “undersung” authors of Louisiana topics, who “knew his state well and chronicled the landscape, the people, and the culture better than any [other] … he is unsurpassed for description, concrete detail, and for conveying the voices of [the] people …”


Mr. Kane was a personal friend of the Obenchain Family and we have other First Editions of his Books signed by him in the Collection.

Plantation Parade by Kane First Edition.

Provenance: Part of a Private Dallas Collection.

Dimensions: 8.5″ x 6″



Plantation Parade by Kane First Edition.

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