Unbound. Typescript. Quarto sheets. 113pp. Nearly square brown paper sheets stapled along the spine and illustrated with 13 mounted chromolithographic scenes (measuring 8" x 5") of Mardi Gras parade floats clipped from contemporary periodicals. Very good, lacking the original cloth wrappers, chipping on the first and last sheets (with the first sheet also tape repaired), and oxidation at the staples. Author Josiah Gross (1862-1928), was a native of Missouri, a graduate of Tulane, and a New Orleans-based lawyer. Using his background as a freemason and steeped in that organization's web of secrecy, he built this romance based on mysticism, psychology, and a bit of the occult, in a setting taken from his experiences in Louisiana, and in the specific celebrations of the New Orleans Mardi Gras, including various costumed characters from parade floats, to create this "psychodramatic" novel. Gross served as internal revenue collector in New Orleans, specialized in National Pension Law, and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also co-edited the weekly newspaper, *The New South* and published one novel in his lifetime, *Ondell and Dolee: a Story of Mysticism* (NY: Abbey Press 1902). An unpublished and unrecorded novel by a notable New Orleans resident.