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The Joy Ride and the Silver Screen: Commercial Leisure, Delinquency and Play Reform in Los Angeles, 1900-1980, Belyea, Marlou
1 Belyea, Marlou The Joy Ride and the Silver Screen: Commercial Leisure, Delinquency and Play Reform in Los Angeles, 1900-1980
Ann Arbor MI UMI Dissertation Services 1995 (c.1983) NO Unstated edition Softcover Good 
[worn copy, several creases in front cover, small tear at bottom of front cover, some soiling to page edges, a few bent page corners]. (maps, graphs) An analysis of the "history of the shifting struggle of working class and middle class over leisure" in Los Angeles, with particular emphasis on the role played by the automobile and the movies. The author employed social research by public and private agencies, unpublished histories of public and private recrreation agencies, police statistics, and dissertations and theses done at the schools of Sociology and Education at the University of Southern California. ("This is an authorized facsimile, made from the microfilm master copy of the original dissertation or masters thesis published by UMI.") 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Grand Motel, Brent, William and Milarde
2 Brent, William and Milarde Grand Motel
New York Greenberg, Publisher (c.1955) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Donald McKay 
[spine moderately turned, small tear at top of spine, previous owner's name at top of ffep; jacket has a few small edge-tears, small chip at top of front panel, minor paper loss at spine ends]. "A young couple's hilarious account of their adventures in running a motel" in a small mid-coastal California town, "San Simon." There is a marginal Hollywood angle, in that the husband is a failed screenwriter, and the first few pages of the book talk about the disillusionment and disappointment that led them to abandon Tinseltown for the glories of motel management. The authors' postscript on the rear jacket panel notes that "in broad outline at least, this book is a true story." [A William Brent had a handful of minor screen credits in the 1940s, apparently no obstacle to his career in motel management.] 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Los Angeles: City of Dreams, Carr, Harry
3 Carr, Harry Los Angeles: City of Dreams
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1935) NO Reprint Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by E.H. Suydam 
[slight fraying/deterioration to binding at bottom corners, still a solid clean book, one-time owner's signature and rubber-stamped date on second ffep; jacket is faded and spotted at spine, approx 1" triangular piece missing at bottom right corner of front panel, a few small tears, small chip at top rear hinge]. (color frontispiece, B&W drawings) Per the jacket blurb, the author, a longtime Los Angeles Times reporter, editor and columnist, "has drawn upon his life-long knowledge of Los Angeles and his wide acquaintanceship among its residents to tell the magnificent story of [the city's] wondrous growth, picturesque beauty and tropic charm," including "the superb cultural assets which have led some authorities to call Los Angeles 'The future Athens of America'" -- the hyperbolic boosterism of which makes a little more sense when you consider historian Kevin Starr's description of the author as L.A. Times publisher Harry Chandler's "chief henchman," while also referencing Upton Sinclair's assessment of Carr as "a mercenary hack who had once confessed to him that he had never, while working for the Times, written a word in which he sincerely believed." (Sinclair might possibly have had a bone to pick, given that Carr had been a leading light of the vicious press campaign against Sinclair's 1934 bid for the Governorship of California. And when Carr died of a heart attack the year after the publication of this book, his funeral was attended by more than a thousand people; they can't *all* have been Times employees.) 
Price: 30.00 USD
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California Crazy [*SIGNED*], Cartnal, Alan
4 Cartnal, Alan California Crazy [*SIGNED*]
Boston Houghton Mifflin Co. 1981 0-395-28213-6 / 9780395282137 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jack Ribik Signed by Author
[name/address sticker on front pastedown, along with some notes in ink (hidden by jacket flap); jacket worn at edges with some damage to rear panel, where a bite-sized piece is also missing]. SIGNED on the ffep, with a slightly risque but anonymous inscription by the author. "What Fran Liebowitz did for Manhattan, Alan Cartnal does for L.A." Signed by Author 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Dreamers in Dream City, Chandler, Harry Brant
5 Chandler, Harry Brant Dreamers in Dream City
Santa Monica CA Angel City Press 2009 1-883318-84-X / 9781883318840 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (book design) Amy Inouye 
[lovely, as-new book, with no discernible wear to either the book or the dust jacket]. (color photographs) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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6 Dowling, Patrick J. Irish Californians: Historic, Benevolent, Romantic
San Francisco Scottwall Associates 1998 0-942087-16-X / 9780942087161 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean book; jacket shows mild surface wear]. (B&W photographs) Biographies of 41 notable Irish-Americans who made their mark on the history of California. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Sins of the City: The Real Los Angeles Noir, Heimann, Jim
7 Heimann, Jim Sins of the City: The Real Los Angeles Noir
San Francisco Chronicle Books (c.1999) 0-8118-2319-9 / 9780811823197 First Edition Softcover Fine 
[very nice copy, pretty much as-new with just the slightest bit of scuffing to rear cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) Fabulous compilation of images from L.A.'s seedy past, including (be warned) some pretty grisly crime-scene photos. "In a veritable barrage of photographs from the twenties to the fifties, [the book] documents the criminal misdeeds and blossoming cityscape that inspired writers and filmmakers to immortalize this most hard-bitten of metropolises. From venues as disparate as rought-and-tumble roadhouses in the middle of nowhere to urbane nightclubs catering the the Hollywood elite, a bizarre cast of characters haunt these pages. Crime lords and corrupt cops; seers, mystics, and kooks; two-bit chippies and penny-ante gumshoes, they're all here, rendered in sensational black-and-white. This fact-filled, illustrated history exposes the lurid truth about the City of the Angels as it really was back in the days of noir." A terrific book, that no true lover of L.A. should be without. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly (December 1961) [cover: Lincoln Beachey], Historical Society of Southern California
8 Historical Society of Southern California The Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly (December 1961) [cover: Lincoln Beachey]
Los Angeles Historical Society of Southern California 1961 NO (Vol. XLIII, No. 4) Journal Very Good 
[nice clean copy, light surface and edgewear, price-sticker removal scar on front cover]. (B&W photographs) Contents include: "America's First International Air Meet" by J. Wesley Neal (about the Dominguez Air Meet, which took place in 1910; illustrated with nine photographs and a reproduction of the event's program); "The Adobe de Palomares" by Roy Hoover; "Camping on the Butterfield Trail" by Norris Bostwick; "Libraries in Provincial California" by J.N. Bowman; "The Parish Schools of Our Lady of the Angels" by Sister Rose Emanuel; book reviews. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Through Ramona's Country, James, George Wharton
9 James, George Wharton Through Ramona's Country
Boston Little, Brown and Company 1909 (c.1908) Later Printing Hardcover Very Good 
(pictorial cloth; no dust jacket) [moderately worn and lightly soiled copy, bottom corners bumped, small faded spot at base of spine, both hinges starting; private library label (Library of Frank Graves and Frances Babcock Cressey) on front pastedown, accompanied by contemporary gift inscription to Mrs. Cressey "from her fellow-campers in the mountains of Ramona's Country"; a list of some of the author's other books (possibly from the original dust jacket) is tipped onto the second ffep]. (B&W photographs) Thorough discussion of the Ramona story -- its origins, creation, significance, geography, information about author Helen Hunt Jackson, etc. -- as well as a lot of boosterish bla-bla about the general wonderfulness of Southern California. The author, a popular lecturer and journalist, turned out dozens of books, magazine articles and pamphlets about California and the Southwest. [Title page states 1909; copyright page states "Published November, 1908."] 
Price: 50.00 USD
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10 Kaplan, Sam Hall L.A. Follies: Design and Other Diversions in a Fractured Metropolis
Santa Monica CA Cityscape Press (c.1989) 0-9622007-0-0 / 9780962200700 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[moderate edgewear, previous owner's stamp on title page, a little peeling damage (from label removal) at top of front cover]. Trade PB "A critical look at growth, politics and architecture" in Los Angeles; a collection of the author's pieces from the Los Angeles Times. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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11 Maharidge, Dale The Coming White Minority: California's Eruptions and the Nation's Future
New York Times Books/Random House (c.1996) 0-8129-2289-1 / 9780812922899 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy, NO remainder or other marks; as-new but with one tiny dent at bottom of front cover, faint surface wear to jacket]. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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...And Bring All Your Folks [*SIGNED*], Miller, Max
12 Miller, Max ...And Bring All Your Folks [*SIGNED*]
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1959 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) John Huehnergarth Signed by Author
[solid copy, light dust-soiling to top edge, minor shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows moderate surface wear, reinforced with tape across top and bottom of spine and about 2/3 of the way across front panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, a long (full-page) inscription to friends dated Christmas 1959. "A lighthearted examination of the Southern California islands and some off Mexico -- in case we get crowded off the mainland." Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The State of California; Growing Up Foreign in the Backyards of Eden, Pejovich, Ted
13 Pejovich, Ted The State of California; Growing Up Foreign in the Backyards of Eden
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1989 0-394-56863-X / 9780394568638 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Debra Bishop 
[nice tight, clean copy, virtually as new; very minor surface wear to jacket]. 
Price: 5.50 USD
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Pasadena Area History, Pineda, Manuel, and E. Caswell Perry
14 Pineda, Manuel, and E. Caswell Perry Pasadena Area History
Pasadena CA James W. Anderson 1972 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- 
(embossed decorative cover; no dust jacket, as issued) [solid clean copy, moderate wear at extremities, top right-hand corner of front cover is bumped and frayed]. (B&W and color photographs) Per the introduction, this book is "more than just an updating of Pasadena history. Manny Pineda has given a great deal of attention to some special topics well worth developing as a part of the background to the present level of Pasadena's accomplishments. He has treated very fully the history of Pasadena's city departments -- Fire, Police, Water, Light and Power, and the Library. He has traced the growth of the privately owned utilities of the area. He has reviewed the development of the city school system, with particular attention to Pasadena City College. He has produced a thorough study of the remarkable growth of the California Institute of Technology. He has covered the activities of the private schools and the culturally-oriented organizations, as well as the development of various social and civic groups. And lastly he has added two special chapters: one a history of sports in Pasadena, the other a history of the Rose Bowl games." Includes publisher's original promotional card, laid in. [NOTE that the copyright is attributed to "Historical Publishing Company," whose seal also adorns the front cover; the title page, however, states James W. Anderson as "Editor-in-Chief and Publisher."] 
Price: 50.00 USD
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15 Prelutsky, Burt How to Survive in the City [*SIGNED*]
[Los Angeles] Lakeworld 1971 NO First Edition Softcover Very Good+ Signed by Author
[mild edgewear, slight dog-earing to upper corners, mild creases in a couple of pages]. Trade PB (cartoon illustrations) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. "The City" of the title (although nothing about the book's design betrays this fact) is Los Angeles, and although this book -- the author's first -- has long since ceased to have much practical value, it is an absolutely wonderful snapshot of L.A. in the early 1970's, giving a long-time resident's lowdown on the local traffic, crime, culture, shopping, recreation, pollution, earthquakes, etc. There's even a chapter on "How to Survive Women's Liberation in L.A."! Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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16 Sandberg, Neil C. Jewish Life in Los Angeles
Lanham MD University Press of America (c.1986) 0-8191-5439-3 / 9780819154392 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[nice clean copy, minor shelfwear; jacket shows some edgewear, small tear and associated creasing at top of rear panel]. (tables) "The experience of the Los Angeles Jewish community, the second largest Jewish population in the world, offers a case study of what is happening to Jews throughout the United States. This volume, based on sociological research into a community which carries within it the seeds of American Jewry's future, examines the attitudes behind these current trends." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Hollow City: The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism, Solnit, Rebecca (text), and Susan Schwartzenberg (photographs)
17 Solnit, Rebecca (text), and Susan Schwartzenberg (photographs) Hollow City: The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism
London/New York Verso 2000 1-85984-794-3 / 9781859847947 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Alan Hill 
[nice clean book, small shallow dent at bottom of rear cover, no other significant wear; jacket shows a little surface rubbing, mostly to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) This collaboration between writer-historian Solnit and photographer Schwartzenberg examines what they see as the "cultural impoverishment" of San Francisco "as a result of new forms and distributions of wealth," specifically the boom economy (linked to venture capital and the internet) which characterized the city during the preceding two decades. The book "surveys San Francisco's transformation -- skyrocketing residential and commercial rents that are driving out artists, activists, nonprofit organizations and the poor; the homogenization of the city's architecture, industries and population; the decay of its public life; and the erasure of its sites of civic memory." (Whine, whine, whine -- try livin' in L.A. for awhile. We've got all that and more.) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Greetings from Los Angeles: A Visit to the City of Angels in Postcards, Tucker, Kerry
18 Tucker, Kerry Greetings from Los Angeles: A Visit to the City of Angels in Postcards
Cambridge MA Steam Press 1982 0-942820-00-2 / 9780942820003 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[very slight bends (not creases) in front cover; still appears almost new]. Trade PB (color reproductions) Reproductions of 80 full-color vintage postcards of famous L.A. buildings and other sites, from the Hollywood Bowl to the Watts Towers. The great majority of the cards date between 1904 and 1950, and each is captioned with additional historical and background information; the book also includes a brief essay about collecting L.A. postcards. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Great Los Angeles Swindle: Oil, Stocks, and Scandal During the Roaring Twenties, Tygiel, Jules
19 Tygiel, Jules The Great Los Angeles Swindle: Oil, Stocks, and Scandal During the Roaring Twenties
New York/Oxford Oxford University Press 1994 0-19-505489-X / 9780195054897 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) David Tran 
[nice-looking book, very faint soiling to bottom page edges; jacket shows just a trace of handling wear]. (B&W photographs) The history of the "wonderfully complex" Julian Petroleum Corporation swindle, inextricably linked with the story of the Southern California oil/real estate boom of the 1920s, which had "as many unexpected twists and turns as any mystery novel." It ranks with the Teapot Dome mess (which of course also has its L.A. connections, through Edward L. Doheny) as one of the defining scandals of the day. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Four and Twenty Beds, Vogel, Nancy
20 Vogel, Nancy Four and Twenty Beds
New York The Beechhurst Press (c.1950) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Scheel 
[light wear at spine extremities, spine moderately turned; jacket has small tears at several corners, a bit of wear along top edge, minor paper loss at top of spine, one small chip at bottom of rear panel]. Rollicking (it sez here) tale of a couple who buy a motel in the California desert, with visions of "a hostelry for weary travelers and a dream of freedom in the country. Months later (wiser by years) they were forced to admit the facts: they had invested in a playground for a practical joker, an amorous old maid, and other transient eccentrics, while the dictates of business, running far into the night, prevented even the semblance of a dream." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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