New L.A. book of the week: L.A. in maps

la-maps-book-cover.jpgI haven't seen this book yet, but I'd still bet it will be one of my favorite books of the year. Glen Creason, the ace map librarian in the history department at the Los Angeles Public Library, has teamed up with Rizzoli and D.J. Waldie on Los Angeles in Maps, an illustrated cartographic history of the city from the colonial era to today. "Through seventy reproductions of seminal and historic documents, 'Los Angeles in Maps' presents the evolution of this almost mythical place," the publisher says. Waldie wrote the foreword, and there are contributions also from Joe Linton and Morgan Yates. Official publication date is October 19; Creason and Waldie speak at an Aloud event at the library on Oct. 28.

Semi-related: I'm appearing on a panel with Waldie Oct. 23 at the 5th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar at USC.

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