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A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PARADISE (In the Suburbs of Los Angeles)

A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PARADISE (In the Suburbs of Los Angeles)

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A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PARADISE (In the Suburbs of Los Angeles): Being A Historic and Descriptive Account of Pasadena, San Gabriel, Sierra Madre, and La Canada; With Important Reference to Los Angeles and All Southern California, and Containing Map and Illustrations.

by [FIRST SEPARATE DIRECTORY OF PASADENA] Farnsworth, R. W. C. (Edited and Published By)

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Small Quarto (10 x 7 inches) Pasadena, California, R. W. C. Farnsworth, 1883 [1]-vi, [7]-132 pages with engraved and half-tone photo illustrations, map of Pasadena in text.

"First separate directory of Pasadena; first history of the area in particular, and one of the best promotional works of its time for the Los Angeles region." - Quebedeaux: "Prime Sources of California and Nevada Local History."

Contributors include Dr. J. P. Widney, Abbot Kinney, and John Muir among other notable early Southern California personalities.

Original green cloth boards (one of several colored cloth covers known to be used for this book, blue and red being most common). Decorative gilt embossed title centered on front cover, repeated in blind on the back cover, with "Pasadena," "San Gabriel," "La Cañada," and "Sierra Madre" printed on individual decorative gilt backgrounds diagonally in the corners of the front cover.

Good condition (pages 65 and 100 have old clear tape repairs - one to the fore edge margin, and one to the top margin, respectively; but not affecting the text), mild age toning to cover, and minor wrinkling to tip of cloth in upper right corner of front cover, also not affecting contents.

A nice example of one of Southern California's more "balanced" promotions.


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A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PARADISE (In the Suburbs of Los Angeles)
[FIRST SEPARATE DIRECTORY OF PASADENA] Farnsworth, R. W. C. (Edited and Published By)
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Original First Edition printed by the well known Pacific Press,
R. W. C. Farnsworth
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Pasadena, California
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California and the West; Western American History; Americana; Old and Rare; Los Angeles and Southern California; Promotional; Southern California; Early Southern California Directory; Antiquarian;

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For more than 65 years, we have specialized in rare and out of print books on the Western experience, satisfying a vast and varied clientele. Our focus is on early California and Los Angeles, represented by books, ephemera, paintings, and prints. Fine press, printing history, literature, gastronomy, aviation, railroads, and voyages are also available. Our store opened in downtown Los Angeles in 1954, and is now closed; but we are still available by phone, regular mail, and email. We issue occasional catalogs online.


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