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Auction 187, Lot 224

"Los Angeles City Directory 1888. Including a Directory of Pasadena...",

Subject: Los Angeles, California

Period: 1888 (published)


Color: Black & White

6 x 9.4 inches
15.2 x 23.9 cm
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This mammoth volume by W.H.L. Corran contains over 1,000 pages detailing all aspects of the city including the local government and its officials, churches, societies, schools, cemeteries, etc. The compilation of individual listings includes addresses and occupations for most entries. In addition, a business index lists vendors by category, including 5 mapmakers. A separate Pasadena section begins on p. 891. Illustrations of note include a folding view of Santa Clara College, the first college in California, a view of Mt. Shasta, and a two-sided colored advertisement for wagons by the A.W. Sanborn & Co. Numerous other advertisements are interspersed within the text. 1,077 pages. Octavo, hardbound in quarter leather over cloth boards.

The completeness of information in the directory provides a remarkable snapshot of a vibrant Los Angeles in 1888 when its population was less than 50,000.


Condition: B

Contents are fairly clean with some occasional soiling and dampstaining. Both covers are nearly detached and heavily worn. Spine is cracked down the middle with some chips at the head and tail.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $2,400

Closed on 4/27/2022