52. HARLOW, Neal. Maps and Surveys of the Pueblo Lands of Los Angeles. Los Angeles: [Printed by Grant Dahlstrom for] Dawson’s Book Shop, 1976. [v]-xvii , 169 [1 blank] [2 colophon] pp., color frontispiece view of Los Angeles in 1853 (from Pacific RR Survey), 15 maps and plans, 8 of which are folded (including two colored maps in the rear pocket). Folio, original half green linen over boards decorated with grapes and grape vines, spine lettered in gilt. Superb condition.
First edition, limited edition (#93 of 375 copies signed by author and printer). E. M. J. Campbell, Imago Mundi, Vol. 29 (1977), p. 96: "Not only beautifully printed but also erudite. A well-nigh perfect volume; the whole work including the references and the scholarly index is impeccable." Howell 50:1355: “An elaborate and detailed history of the cartography of Los Angeles from 1781 to 1881, with extensive commentary on the complicated land claims, surveys, and boundary questions, as well as the extensive legal transactions involved in Los Angeles' growth from an isolated Spanish-Mexican pueblo to an emerging American city in the 1880s.” Roby Wentz in Grant Dahlstrom Master Printer (Los Angeles: The New Ampersand Press, 1977, p. 15): “Of late there has been evidence in [Dahlstrom’s] book design of a less restrained approach. This can be discerned in the splendid title-page and noble text pages of Neal Harlow’s Maps and Surveys of the Pueblo Lands of Los Angeles (1976).”
Of interest for ranching history in the area are Harlow’s discussions and illustrations of many of the important ranchos in the area, such as Los Alamitos, San Pasqual, Santa Gertrudas, Los Feliz, etc. The ever-expanding city limits gradually absorbed the large Spanish and Mexican ranchos that had surrounded the original pueblo. ($100-300)
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