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“A well-nigh perfect volume”

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[MAP REFERENCE]. HARLOW, Neal. Maps and Surveys of the Pueblo Lands of Los Angeles. Los Angeles: [Printed by Grant Dahlstrom for] Dawson’s Book Shop, 1976. [4], ix-xvii [1, blank], [2], 1-169, [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 (23.5 x 23 cm), original half green linen over boards decorated with grapes and grape vines, spine lettered in gilt. Very fine.

First edition, limited edition (#234 of 375 copies signed by author and printer). Zamorano Select 43: “Makes clear that one hundred years passed between the first entitlement to land and the final adjudication and legitimization of the city’s land title. Such a comprehensive approach to the cartographic history of Los Angeles had never previously been undertaken.” 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).”

Several chapters discuss the events between the conquest of California and the development of modern land divisions in the city, beginning with the Ord survey.


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