[Los Angeles: ca. 1920]. 137 maps cards, each 10.5 x 3.75 inches, plus folding map index. Light tanning, occasional light wear. Set numbered 1-221; lacks cards 6, 19, 32-35, 70, 88; cards numbered 135-199, 205-214 not present but not shown in index. Overall, very good. Item #830
A substantial collection of over 135 strip maps that delineate the principal automobile routes in California during the 1910s, published by the Automobile Club of Southern California. The cards are accompanied by a folding map index, which shows the overall chart of the routes in the state, with roads numbered to match the individual cards on which they appear. The routes depicted are particularly plentiful and thorough for the Los Angeles area and the region stretching east to San Bernardino and Redlands and south to Balboa and Laguna, but they provide direction for motorists throughout the state. The versos of many cards list hotels and garages officially approved by the Automobile Club which are noted on the maps themselves. The present group of maps is nearly complete, lacking eight cards for routes numbered on the index.
We locate sizable collections of these maps, similar to the one present here, at Claremont, Berkeley, UC San Diego, and the University of Chicago. All are incomplete to some degree. A collection with approximately half the maps indexed is at Yale. A group of this size and near completeness is quite scarce.