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1 (Chandler, Raymond). Olson, Brian & Bonnie TAILING PHILIP MARLOWE
(St. Paul, Minnesota): (Burlwrite), (2003). 097292390X / 9780972923903 First edition: Trade Paperback Original. Trade Paperback. New, a fine copy in slick, illustrated wraps. SIGNED by the authors to the title-page. 
Three day-tours of Los Angeles, with b&w photo illustrations and color maps, visiting over forty locations referred to by Chandler in his mystery novels: Marlowe's Hollywood, Marlowe's Downtown, and Marlowe's Drive. Great fun! 
Price: 14.99 USD
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2 (Chandler, Raymond). Thorpe, Edward CHANDLERTOWN: The Los Angeles of Philip Marlowe
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1984). 0312128517 / 9780312128517 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Near fine; in a near fine, photo-pictorial dust jacket internally paper tape repaired, with a tear to the rear panel and minor shelfwear. Tall octavo. [113] pages. 
"No other fictional detective has been so identified, so involved with the environment of a particular city as Marlowe is with Los Angeles."--Thorpe. An ingenious social history of L.A., inspired by Chandler's writings and illustrated with photographs. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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3 (Lummis, Charles F.) Thompson, Mark AMERICAN CHARACTER: The Curious Life of Charles Fletcher Lummis and the Rediscovery of the Southwest
New York: Arcade Publishing, (2001). 1559705507 / 9781559705509 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 372 pages; notes, bibliography, and an index. Illustrated with photographic plates reproduced on high-quality coated stock. 
A "colorful and compelling" biography of the crusading journalist, author of nearly two dozen books, editor of the influential political and literary magazine "Out West," Los Angeles city librarian, preserver of Spanish missions, Indian rights advocate... 
Price: 20.00 USD
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4 (Magnin, Rabbi Edgar F.) Matthew, Brander, edited with introduction and notes THE SHORT-STORY: Specimens Illustrating Its Development
New York/Cincinnati/Chicago: American Book Company, (1907). First edition. Dated (Feb. 1911) ownership signature of [Rabbi] Edgar F. Magnin to the front endpaper. Hardcover. Top page edges lightly dust soiled, mild fading to the spine, else a near fine copy in maroon cloth lettered in the blind to the front cover; gilt titles and rules to the spine; no dust jacket. 399 pages; appendix. 
For nearly 69 years, Rabbi Magnin served his 2,500 family congregation at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles. In addition, he ministered to a city, earning a reputation as "the father figure of Los Angeles." This is an early school text. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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5 (Vroman, Adam Clark); edited by Ruth I. Mahood PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE SOUTHWEST: Adam Clark Vroman, 1856-1916
(Los Angeles, California): The Ward Ritchie Press, 1961. B0006AXDNA First edition, first printing. Quarto. 127 pages, printed throughout on coated stock. 104 photo-reproductions. Hardcover. Very minor bump to one lower corner tip, else fine, in pictorial boards; in a very lightly edgeworn, slightly rubbed photo-pictorial dust jacket with some tiny nicks to the flap folds and corners. 
"The photographic record of the Southwest is not only historically important but...reflects an understanding of the region and an artistic awareness which give the pictures value beyond their obvious worth as Westeriana."--Robert Kirsch. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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6 (Yavno, Max). Maddow, Ben; text by THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF MAX YAVNO
Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, (1981). 0520042387 / 9780520042384 First edition, first printing: hardcover issue. As new and unopened in the publisher's shrinkwrap. Square quarto. 150 pages. 85 plates. 
This monograph showcases the fine photographic work of Max Yavno while offering a retrospective view of his splendid images from Los Angeles, New York, Israel, Egypt, and Mexico. With text and interview by Ben Maddow. A fresh unopened copy! 
Price: 275.00 USD
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7 Abbott, Megan THE SONG IS YOU
New York/London/Toronto/Sydney: Simon & Schuster, (2007). 0743291719 / 9780743291712 First edition, first printing: Review copy, with publisher's materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
The Edgar Award-finalist uses a less-celebrated real-life crime, the disappearance of actress Jean Spangler from Los Angeles in 1949, as her hook to spin a downbeat tale about a journalist-turned-studio-flack, Gil "Hop" Hopkins. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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8 Abee, Steve KING PLANET: Short Stories and Poems
San Diego, CA: Incommunicado Press, (1997). 1884615147 / 9781884615146 First edition, first printing. Tiny spot of stain to the fore-edge pages, else fine in photo-pictorial wraps. 
Abee's poetry and fiction chronicles the pavement and hills of Southern California, documenting the nightmares and poetic beauty of L.A. with characters who pace the streets of L.A.--telling it like it is. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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9 Abella, Alex FINAL ACTS
New York: Simon & Schuster, (2000). 0684859890 / 9780684859897 First edition: Review copy, with materials laid in. Hardcover. Very nearly fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Abella, born in Cuba, now living in Los Angeles, has penned a third novel featuring Charlie Morrell, this time with alternating chapters between viewpoints of the accused protagonist, Charlie and his defense attorney, Rita. Set in L.A., Cuba and Mexico. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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10 Adler, Bill, concept; Chastain, Thomas, introduction MURDER IN LOS ANGELES
New York: William Morrow & Company, Inc., (1987). 0688066844 / 9780688066840 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine; in an age-toned, else fine photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
Eight of Southern California's best mystery writers team up to outdo Adam's Round Table, the all-star team of New York writers who created MURDER IN MANHATTAN. Includes stories by Breen, Fontana, Fox, Gault, Henderson, Nolan, Russell, and M.R. Henderson. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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11 Alexander, Diane PLAYHOUSE
Los Angeles: Dorleac-MacLeish, (1984). 0916329003 / 9780916329006 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Precis of the book's reviews tipped in to front free endsheet, else fine, in black cloth with silver debossed lettering and star device; in a very lightly worn, very nearly fine, photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
Star-drenched history of the storied State Theatre of California, the Pasadena Playhouse. Illustrated with photographs reproduced on a coated stock insert gallery. Foreword by Raymond Burr. SIGNED by the author. 205 pages. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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12 Allen, A.S. ALLEN'S ENGINEERS' MANUAL AND DIRECTORY: Los Angeles, California, 1905
Los Angeles, California: [no publisher], 1905. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very nearly fine, with light wear, a tear to one leaf, a dot of stain to another, minor spotting to upper page edges; in textured burgundy cloth with silver-white lettering and burgundy page-edge tint; no dust jacket. 
Handy, overall pocket-sized engineer's guide to the care and management of boilers, dynamos, shafting, and such like, jammed with full-page advertising (including a few on coated stock inserts) from local suppliers, vendors and manufacturers. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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13 Anonymous CALIFORNIA: Special Limited Supplement
[Chicago]: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1926. First edition. Hardcover. Some very minor wear to the covers, the expected mild tanning to the internals, else a near fine copy; in three-quarter leather over marbled boards, marbled endsheets, top edge gilt, gilt stamping to spine; large quarto. 243 pages, including index. 
Apparently the supplement to Lewis's 5-volume CALIFORNIA AND CALIFORNIANS, this is a biographical encyclopedia, each California notable is afforded a 2-3 page capsule life with full-page tissue-guarded photogravure portrait. Splendidly produced. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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14 Ayres, Noreen WORLD THE COLOR OF SALT
New York: William Morrow, (1992). First edition. Hardcover. Fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with traces of shelfwear at the edges. 
A Smokey Brandon mystery. The author's debut novel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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15 Ball, John THE MURDER CHILDREN
New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., (1979). First edition. Hardcover. Near fine in dust jacket. 
Los Angeles-set crime novel about youth gangs in the East L.A. barrio. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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16 Barsocchini, Peter GHOST
New York: E.P. Dutton, (1989). 0525247394 / 9780525247395 First edition. Hardcover. Near fine in a photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
A basketball novel about "Ghost" Garvin of the L.A. Lakers. "The dead and the forgotten living converge, emotionally, in GHOST. The past may be out of sight but never out of feeling. This is an exciting novel."--Rita Mae Brown. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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17 Bell, Major Horace REMINSCENCES OF A RANGER Or Early Times in Southern California
Santa Barbara: Wallace Hebberd, 1927. First edition thus. Foreword by Arthur M. Ellis; illustrations by James S. Bodrero. Hardcover. A superb, fine copy in green cloth with gilt decorations and lettering; in an illustrated dust jacket with mild fading to the spine panel, a few very minor nicks, and one very short closed tear to lower front panel. 
"This later edition contains an index identifying many of the characters mentioned in the original edition. Both editions have much information on the lawlessness of early California."--Adams, 189. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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18 Bishop, Paul CHALK WHISPERS
New York: Scribner, (2000). 0684830108 / 9780684830100 First edition: Uncorrected Proof. Proof. Fine in illustrated glossy wraps. 
"The Los Angeles Times dubbed him 'the closest equivalent yet to Joe Wambaugh'--and for good reason. Drawing on his career as a top LAPD detective, 'The Bishop' spins a brutal tale of sex, power, and murder." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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19 Bishop, Paul CHALK WHISPERS
New York: Scribner, (2000). 0684830108 / 9780684830100 First edition: Review copy, with materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
A Fey Croaker LAPD crime novel by the author of the hardboiled detective novel TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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20 Bissonette, David GHOST OF HAPPINESS
(Hollywood, Ca.): Rusty Meadow Books, 1979. First edition, first printing: a trade paperback original. Trade Paperback. Very mild soiling and a hint of age-toning to covers, else near fine in wraps. 
A collection of poetry, songs, parodies, and very short rhythmic vignettes that include a short satire in ten parts entitled Alice in Blunderland, and a cutting take-off on Dear Abby written in letter-and-answer style. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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