Los Angeles: L.L. Whitlock, 1903. 64pp., plus large folding map. Original printed wrappers, stapled. Light dust soiling and creasing to wraps; corners a bit worn. Light toning internally. Map with a few very short separations at fold points. Still very good. Item #1790
A scarce guidebook, primarily focused on Los Angeles and Southern California, though with some treatment of San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. The text of the guide provides short descriptions of the major tourist towns on the California coast, with small photographic reproductions of attractions at the right edge of leaf versos, and prints a brief tourist business directory for Los Angeles. The latter portion of the guide is filled with advertisements for hotels, transportation, and other tourist services. Of surmounting interest in the present work is the map, entitled, "Map of the City of Los Angeles showing Railway Systems," which is colored to show the routes of the three major intracity companies as well as the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad, and provides a very detailed delineation of the Los Angeles street grid, with a comprehensive index. This map was produced by Laura L. Whitlock, one of the few female cartographer in the United States during the early 20th century. A later revision of it also has the distinction of being the center of the first successful prosecution of a violation of the 1909 Copyright Act.
The guide seems to have been produced sporadically for several years starting in 1903. We locate holdings of one or two later issues at six institutions, and single issues from 1903 at the University of Wisconsin and the California State Library. A scarce guide, with a notable California map.