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Auction 176, Lot 186

One of the Few Maps Created by a Female

"City Map of Los Angeles, California",

Subject: Los Angeles, California

Period: 1924 (dated)


Color: Black & White

22 x 24.6 inches
55.9 x 62.5 cm
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A highly detailed map of Los Angeles created by Laura Whitlock, one of the few female mapmakers in the United States at the time. The map extends from Manchester Avenue north to Hollywood and Highland Park with a street index along the borders. The verso contains the interesting Hill's Map of Los Angeles Theatre and Shopping District... (21 x 9.4") that locates over 200 different buildings with an index by building type. This version of the Hill map has been "Corrected to Oct 1923." Folds into orange paper wrappers (4.0 x 6.7") dated 1924 and offered for sale by The Sun Drug Company. Click here for the similar 1923 edition that was sold in our last auction.

Whitlock's maps were frequently copied on the market, but she was very diligent in litigating to protect her copyright. In fact, one of Whitlock's maps was involved in the first conviction for copyright infringement in the United States. Click herefor a newspaper story from the June 11, 1913 issue of the Los Angeles Herald detailing the conviction.

No institutional copies located on OCLC for either the 1923 or 1924 edition, and only the one sale record from our last auction.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with a few tiny splits at the fold junctions and a couple of minor spots. Paper wrappers are lightly worn and soiled.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/12/2020