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Image for Paradise by the Sea: Santa Monica Bay: A pictorial history of Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Ocean Park, Pacific Palisades, Topanga & Malibu

Paradise by the Sea: Santa Monica Bay: A pictorial history of Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Ocean Park, Pacific Palisades, Topanga & Malibu

By: Basten, Fred E.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, General Publishing Group, Inc.: (c.1997)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22510

ISBN: 1-57544-024-5

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[very nice copy, as-new with no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (B&W and color photographs, facsimiles) This new and updated version of the author's earlier book "Santa Monica Bay: The First 100 Years" is "exhaustively researched and full of sumptuous archival photos and rich anecdotes about Santa Monica Bay's glittering past -- including the creation of Venice's fabled canals, the exclusive Malibu Colony (noted for its movie-star residents) and ... View more info

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The Joy Ride and the Silver Screen: Commercial Leisure, Delinquency and Play Reform in Los Angeles, 1900-1980

By: Belyea, Marlou

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Ann Arbor MI, UMI Dissertation Services: 1995 (c.1983)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 14926

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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 The author employed social research by public and private agencies, unpublished histories of public and private recrreat... View more info

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Grand Motel

By: Brent, William and Milarde

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Greenberg, Publisher: (c.1955)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8444

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[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 ... View more info

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Los Angeles: City of Dreams

By: Carr, Harry

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1935)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 19138

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[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 l... View more info

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California Crazy [*SIGNED*]

By: Cartnal, Alan

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Co.: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 1538

ISBN: 0-395-28213-6

Condition: Very Good in Fair dj


[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 View more info

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Dreamers in Dream City

By: Chandler, Harry Brant

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Santa Monica CA, Angel City Press: 2009

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20190

ISBN: 1-883318-84-X

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[lovely, as-new book, with no discernible wear to either the book or the dust jacket]. (color photographs) View more info

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The Brown Derby Restaurant: A Hollywood Legend [*SIGNED*]

By: Cobb, Sally Wright, and Mark Willems

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Rizzoli: (c.1996)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22070

ISBN: 0-8478-1925-6

Condition: Near Fine


(laminated pictorial boards; no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean book, minor bumping to corners of rear cover]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by both authors on the title page. An album-style portrait of the venerable Tinseltown eatery, dealing with both its Hollywood and Beverly Hills locations (but only in passing with the other two locations, the original "Eat in the Hat" restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard and a later branch in Los Feliz). Illustrated with photo... View more info

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Irish Californians: Historic, Benevolent, Romantic

By: Dowling, Patrick J.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Scottwall Associates: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8146

ISBN: 0-942087-16-X

Condition: 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. View more info

Image for The Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly (December 1961) [cover: Lincoln Beachey]

The Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly (December 1961) [cover: Lincoln Beachey]

By: Historical Society of Southern California

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Historical Society of Southern California: 1961

Edition: (Vol. XLIII, No. 4)

Seller ID: 20941

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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 Califor... View more info

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Through Ramona's Country

By: James, George Wharton

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: 1909 (c.1908)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 14622

Condition: 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 tip... View more info

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Hollywood Now & Then

By: Jezek, George Ross (photography), and Marc Wanamaker (captions)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: San Diego, George Ross Jezek Photography & Publishing: 2002

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22069

Condition: Near Fine in Fine dj


[minor bumping to several corners of book; jacket is essentially flawless]. (B&W and color photographs) Approximately 60 photographs of Hollywood and environs back in the day (from the early 1900s through roughly the 1950s), paired directly (on facing pages) with modern-day shots taken from the same vantage points. (All photos are reproduced full-page size). Introduction by long-time honorary Mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant; photo captions by well-known Hollywood hist... View more info

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L.A. Follies: Design and Other Diversions in a Fractured Metropolis

By: Kaplan, Sam Hall

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Santa Monica CA, Cityscape Press: (c.1989)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10685

ISBN: 0-9622007-0-0

Condition: 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. View more info

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...And Bring All Your Folks [*SIGNED*]

By: Miller, Max

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1959

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 14573

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[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 Autho... View more info

Image for The State of California; Growing Up Foreign in the Backyards of Eden

The State of California; Growing Up Foreign in the Backyards of Eden

By: Pejovich, Ted

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1989

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4820

ISBN: 0-394-56863-X

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight, clean copy, virtually as new; very minor surface wear to jacket]. View more info

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Pasadena Area History

By: Pineda, Manuel, and E. Caswell Perry

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Pasadena CA, James W. Anderson: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13590

Condition: 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 ver... View more info

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How to Survive in the City [*SIGNED*]

By: Prelutsky, Burt

Price: $25.00

Publisher: [Los Angeles], Lakeworld: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6819

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


[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... View more info

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Jewish Life in Los Angeles

By: Sandberg, Neil C.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Lanham MD, University Press of America: (c.1986)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9809

ISBN: 0-8191-5439-3

Condition: 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 thes... View more info

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Hollow City: The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism

By: Solnit, Rebecca (text), and Susan Schwartzenberg (photographs)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London/New York, Verso: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16033

ISBN: 1-85984-794-3

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[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) wh... View more info

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Greetings from Los Angeles: A Visit to the City of Angels in Postcards

By: Tucker, Kerry

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Cambridge MA, Steam Press: 1982

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17110

ISBN: 0-942820-00-2

Condition: 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. View more info

Image for The Great Los Angeles Swindle: Oil, Stocks, and Scandal During the Roaring Twenties

The Great Los Angeles Swindle: Oil, Stocks, and Scandal During the Roaring Twenties

By: Tygiel, Jules

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York/Oxford, Oxford University Press: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18320

ISBN: 0-19-505489-X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[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, thr... View more info