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Auction 189, Lot 210

"Official Transportation and City Map of Los Angeles California and Suburbs…",

Subject: Los Angeles, California

Period: 1911 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

30.4 x 44 inches
77.2 x 111.8 cm
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This large-scale map was published by Laura Whitlock, one of the few female mapmakers in the United States at the time. It shows the extensive rail lines in operation at the time and uses color to distinguish the lines of Los Angeles Railway, the Pacific Electric Railway, and the Glendale & Eagle Rock Railway. The branch lines are also located and named: Sawtelle, Venice, Santa Monica, Whittier, Covina, Pasadena and Glendale to mention a few. The map extends from Griffith Park in the north, Vermont Heights in the south, Inglewood to the west, and Boyle Heights in the east. Griffith Park shows no development. Folds into printed red covers (5" x 8") with 12-page street index. On the inside wrapper is a listing of all stations and stops for the Los Angeles Railway Company. A full-page advertisement for the Pacific Electric Railway appears on the back wrapper. This example appears to be the first edition of Whitlock's map, with 5 institutional examples of this 1911 edition located on OCLC. Other known editions include 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920 and 1924.

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 here for a newspaper story from the June 11, 1913 issue of the Los Angeles Herald detailing the conviction.


Condition: B+

On a bright sheet with numerous short fold separations at the junctions and sheet edges, a few of which have been closed with archival tape on verso. The front wrapper and street index have detached from the map and rear wrapper.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/14/2022