Los Angeles: City of Dreams. Harry Carr, E H. Suydam, Edward Howard Suydam.
Los Angeles: City of Dreams

Los Angeles: City of Dreams

Hardcover. Very Good. Item #002365

New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1935. First Edition. Signed by both author and illustrator on title page: "Sincerely, Harry Carr / E.H. Snydam." Octavo; x + 403pp. Thirty-two full-page pencil/charcoal drawings in B&W; full-color frontispiece; 29 half-page drawings as chapter head-pieces; illustrated head-pieces to preliminary table of contents and list of illustrations; two different double-spread pencil/charcoal drawings as endpapers.

Gray linen boards with mahogany cloth spine; both stamped in gold; Los Angeles architectural vignette mid-spine. Front panel has inset sketch on paper in brown-red ink.

Spine frayed crown and foot; three dark spots on bottom third of spine. Signs of mild water damage to hinges, and moderate liquid stain to lower corner of entire textblock, as well as upper corner of textblock in last 50 pages. Text and illustrations unaffected. Index pages roughly opened. Signs of attempt to reinforce both hinges. Previous owner's name on front right endpaper.

A deliberately glowing--but not blatantly false--picture of Los Angeles in the early 20th century, memorializing its own history and positioning itself as the "Athens of America" (one of the chapter titles). The epitome of the Los Angeles self-aggrandizement that Mike Davis would later seek to darken with "City of Quartz." Still, however, an appealing picture.

Price: $60.00