Lot 51: Thompson & West History of Los Angeles County

PBA Galleries

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Lot 51: Author: [Wilson, John Albert]; Title: History of Los Angeles County, California, with Illustrations Descriptive of Its Scenery, Residences, Fine Blocks and Manufactories, from Original Sketches by Artists of the Highest Ability; Place Published: Oakland; Publisher: Thompson & West; Date Published: 1887; Description: vi, [11]-192 pp. Illustrated with 86 lithographed plates (2 of them double-page); hand-colored lithographed map. 28.5x36.5 cm. (11 ¼x14½"), original leather-backed cloth, front cover lettered in gilt with gilt and blind-stamped ornaments. First Edition.Spectacular series of views of the rather sleepy settlements which were to become the metropolis of Southern California, including the communities of the future Orange County, just prior to the boom of the 1880s. The historical text includes biographical data, a business directory, etc. One of the scarcer of the Thompson & West county histories, and of a very desirable area. Cowan p. 397; Rocq 2657. Condition: Binding worn, front free endpaper replaced, hinges repaired; dampstain throughout; good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $2000-3000
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