Oakland, Cal. Thompson & West, 1880. Oblong 4to. Original roan-backed green cloth [hinges weak, text block nearly separated]. Engraved title on front cover, surrounded by gilt border. 192pp plus many unpaginated, engraved plate illustrations, collated complete. Engraved, handcolored map of California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona, dated 1880, "Prepared at H.H. Lloyd & Co's Map Establishment New York." Text with infrequent light foxing, front free endpaper with a crude, early tape repair. Very Good.
The full-page lithographs depict local businesses, residences, farms, railroad stations, and images reflecting the County's opportunities and progress. The accompanying text describes its history, government, climate, agriculture, minerals, manufactures, education, rail and water communication, journalism, crimes, Indians, biographical sketches, separate histories of each township and Santa Catalina Island.
A Directory of Subscribers, Census, and Official Vote of LA County is also printed in this rare book, to which Howes ascribed a "b" rating.
FIRST EDITION. Howes W531 b. Cowan 397. Rocq 2657. Item #39395