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Los Angeles in Maps Hardcover – October 19, 2010
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About the Author
Glen Creason is map librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library and co-curator of the landmark exhibition L.A. Unfolded: Maps from the Los Angeles Public Library.
D. J. Waldie is the author of the California Book Award–winner Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir.
Joe Linton is an artist, writer, and activist living in Los Angeles.
Morgan Yates is corporate archivist at the Auto Club of Southern California and works in Los Angeles.
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Written by LA Public Library archivist Glen Creason, who clearly has access to some wonderful resources, this book is informative and entertaining in equal measure. I've heard people say that LA has no history, a rather arrogant assertion that has no basis in fact. LA's history is right there if you've got the eyes to see it, written into the landscape, as this book shows in great detail.
The maps reproduced here cover most of the recorded history of the region, and show the various geographical features of the LA basin and the surrounding area, from topographical maps to the early pueblo layout to the locations of the oil fields. The quality of printing is very good, with the maps rendered in sharp detail on very good quality paper, with each map featuring at least a page of accompanying text putting the map in context and describing its genesis.
It's not without its flaws; the proof reader must have been asleep, as there are quite a few errors - on the very first map page Harriman's name gets transposed to "Harrington" by the end of the page, and later on we're told that in 1928 Los Angeles harbor handled "26.5 tons" of cargo, "a record which stood for decades". 26.5 tons! That's out by a factor of a million. Also although the printing is very sharp, some of the maps are printed across the folio, so it's sometimes hard to make out detail across the page crease. I'd also liked to have seen more maps of the fault lines across the county; it is after all a major earthquake zone and fault lines are a very important feature of the region.
Still, these are minor quibbles. There's much to reward the interested viewer here, and it's the type of book that I'll be dipping into many times over the years. Thank you Mr. Creason for this treasure trove!
Interested readers might like to see the following video, an interview with the author about the book: