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Rare and Unusual
WARNER, J.J., HAYES, BENJAMIN, and WIDNEY, J.P.
An Historical Sketch of Los Angeles County, California: From the Spanish Occupancy, by the Founding of the Mission San Gabriel Archangel, September 8, 1771, to July 4, 1876
First Edition, 9 x 5 3/4 inches, 88 pages, wrappers with wear to
edges and corners, spine and edges of first few pages chipped, stitching loose,
includes stiff wrapper case, Second Issue which was printed in the same year
as the first, 1876, but includes an Appendix with an account of the Centennial
Celebration of the Declaration of Independence in Los Angeles, the first history
of Los Angeles authored by three important pioneers (Layne, Books of Los Angeles),
Los Angeles: Louis Lewin & Co., 1876. CSC34372
[WILSON, JOHN ALBERT]
History of Los Angeles County California with Illustrations Descriptive of Its Scenery,
Residences, Fine Blocks and Manufactories
Very good, 11 x 14 3/8 inches, 192 pages, rebound, modern leather spine and
leather tips, original cloth boards, gilt-ruled and blind-stamped with central
gilt title, heavily worn at all edges, modern endpapers, Previous owners signature
in pen on preliminary blank, first 15 leaves including title page have a diagonal c
rease running from the top edge to the middle right margin, these leaves are more
heavily soiled with minor soiling throughout, the last 7 leaves also show a crease
running at a slight diagonal from the top to the bottom of the page, Color map plus
86 lithograph plates, Oakland: Thompson & West, 1880.
"..It is one of the rarest of that fine early series
of California county histories...This is really a sourcebook for Los Angeles District
History" (from Layne Books of the Los Angeles District), (Cowan page 397). CSC39033
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LAYNE, J. GREGG
Annals of Los Angeles: From the Arrival of the First White Men to the Civil War, 1769-1861
Very good: corners bumped; yellowing to endpapers, First Edition, 10 1/2 x 7 inches,
[vi], 97 pages, green cloth with pictorial paper cover label, Woodcut bookplate on front
endpaper. This scarce item offers a succinct history of early Los Angeles, drawn
from primary sources by an eminent historian of the City. Includes a reproduction of
the earliest known view of Los Angeles, drawn on March 17, 1850 by H.M.T. Powell.
Special Publication Number Nine of the Society, San Francisco: California Historical Society,
Vitrinen in Arbeit 2005
Fine, Limited edition: 1 of 25 copies numbered and signed by the photographer in
the colophon, 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches, unnumbered pages, cloth with cloth slipcase,
An artist book project containing one hundred and thrity images from the photographer's
extended visual investigation of the Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria.
The book was designed and printed digitally by Kaucyilia Brooke using archival
RARE & UNUSUAL
BRASSEY, ANNIE ALLNUT
Tahiti: A Series of Photographs taken by Colonel Stuart-Wortley
Very good with only very light occasional foxing, 8 x 6 1/4 inches, xii, 68 pages,
original blue cloth still bright with gilt and green pictorial stamped upper and lower covers,
gilt titling to spine, all edges gilt, decorative endpapers, corners slightly bumped and lightly
rubbed, minimal rubbing to spine head and tail, 29 black and white photographic illustrations
all in pristine condition with tissue-guards intact and un-foxed, frontispiece with hinge slightly
loose, London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1882.
Lady Annie Brassey (1839-1887) attained international fame as a travel writer detailing her
various voyages aboard her luxury yacht with her husband. The text of this volume was written
to accompany the photographs taken by Colonel Stuart-Wortley (1832-1890) who played an important
role in the development of British photography. VT40173
Year Book: Los Angeles and the Wonderful Southland of California (1927, 1929, and 1931 editions)
These annuals emphasize business and economic activity in the county and contain other features as well including material on aviation. Prominently featured in the 1927 illustration is the Saint Francis Dam, that failed the following year in the worst disaster in Southern California history. The 1929 issue has a 2-page article, with map, on the forthcoming regrading of Bunker Hill, and the 1931 issue has a 3-page illustrated article on preparations for the 1932 Olympics. Photographic illustrations and ads throughout.
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