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A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PARADISE (in the Suburbs of Los Angeles.) Being a Historic and Descriptive Account of Pasadena, San Gabriel, Sierra Madre, and La Cañada; With Important Reference to Los Angeles and All Southern California, and Containing map and illustrations.

Farnsworth, R. W. C., editor. (21 contributors, including Alice P. Adams; Dr. Lyman Allen; George McK. Bancroft; Jeanne C. Carr; John Muir, et al).

Published by R. W. C. Farnsworth (Printed at the Pacific Press, Oakland), Pasadena, 1883
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From Chanticleer Books, ABAA (Santa Rosa, CA, U.S.A.)

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132 pp., map, many illustrations (including several full-page) from engravings and photographs; 8vo, original russet morocco with elaborate embossed gilt front cover design, same design in blind on rear cover, later cloth spine; original floral patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. Pacific Press Book Bindery sticker affixed to front pastedown. Scarce and early promotional/historical volume describing to potential settlers the many assets of Pasadena and environs. Usually found in decorative wrappers and quite rare in this leather binding, likely one of very few deluxe copies. Text concludes with 6-page directory and map of Pasadena. Pages 64-66 contain an article by John Muir - "The Sierra Madre Mountains" - excerpted from a larger article that appeared the previous year in Century Magazine as "The Bee-Pastures of California." Cowan II, p.602; Kimes #157; Rocq #4610; Quebedeaux (Prime Sources of California and Nevada Local History 151 Rare and Important City, County and State Directories 1850-1906) #23. Spine replaced, corners mended, leather somewhat mottled and with some scuffing, else very good overall and about fine internally. Bookseller Inventory # 20822

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Publisher: R. W. C. Farnsworth (Printed at the Pacific Press, Oakland), Pasadena

Publication Date: 1883

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First edition

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We had our open bookshop in the town of Sonoma for a total of 17 years, including 9 years at our East Napa St. location, however, as of April 13, 2013 we have closed our doors. Our business is now conducted online, by appointment, and at the approximately 8 antiquarian bookfairs at which we exhibit annually. Chanticleer Books is a sole-proprietorship owned and operated by Steve Blackmer, a full-time bookseller since 1985 and member of the Antiquarian Booksellers¿ Association of America (ABAA) since 1998.

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