SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT 1900 – 1935Published on 24 April 2014
Fueled by Southern California’s unabated growth in population, the maps in the present collection reflect the real estate boom unfolding in the 1920s. Los Angeles, in particular, was viewed as a land of limitless opportunity. For the city’s elite, wealth had been created in a variety of ways: manufacturing, surface transportation, publishing, the film industry, oil, and of course real estate. With prosperity and the growth in population came the creation of new, vigorously marketed, subdivisions: Palos Verdes, the Hollywood Hills, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, the Wilshire District, etc. Similar transformations brought about by real estate development were unfolding throughout Southern California, but the heady prospects of the 1920s (and with them various grandiose real estate ventures) came to a sudden end with the economic collapse of 1929. However, during the prime years of growth and prosperity there was, as one prospectus proclaimed, "Big Lot Demand" with "Monster Gains" to be made in real estate. The following listing reflects, through an engaging collection of real estate maps (many with notations regarding price etc.), the growth of Los Angeles and other areas of Southern California during the roaring twenties.[...] Read more
Ankh Antiquarian Books Catalogue 26Published on 07 Feb. 2014
A Catalogue of Fine Rare Books on Egypt, Greece, Rome, Latin and Ancient Greek, and a book on Napoleon and an early Childrens book. A rare map of Egypt and a Armillary Sphere for Captain Cook.[...] Read more
China in Print 2013 - a selection from oldimprints.comPublished on 15 Nov. 2013
South America, Central America and the Caribbean: Maps and related Ephemera 1862 - 1950Published on 02 May 2013
A selection of travel ephemeral including maps, booklets and posters ranging from an 1862 booklet "The Republic of Uruguay, Monte Video, Geographical, Social, and Political to which is appended, Life in the River Plate, a Manual for Emigrants" to a 1912 cruise line booklet "South America. The Land of Opportunity. A Continent of Scenic Wonders. A Paradise for the Tourist." Striking graphics and fascinating historical material.[...] Read more
Auction catalogue 125 - on Friday, 7. 12. 2012.Published on 21 Nov. 2012
GERMAN & ITALIAN PROMOTIONAL TRAVEL EPHEMERA 1920s & 1930s: Tourism & Constructs of National IdentityPublished on 27 Sept. 2012
Interest in travel writing as a literary genre has led to several engaging books that examine narratives written by English and Continental authors in the 1920s and 1930s. This scholarly interest suggests an ancillary area of investigation, one at a far remove from literary studies, but intriguing nonetheless; that is, an exploration of likely agendas shaping the ephemeral pamphlets, brochures and booklets crafted by European government agencies or private service providers, those tasked with attracting the much-needed tourist dollar (or lira or deutsche mark) to European countries struggling with depressed post-war economies.
The primary agenda behind these ephemeral items was, of course, commercial, but within a context of self-promotion, issues of national identity inevitably come to the fore. With this idea in mind, we have prepared a short catalogue featuring promotional travel material produced in Germany and Italy between the World Wars, with particular attention given to material aimed at English-speaking travelers. Interest in the travel ephemera of Germany and Italy from these decades stems in no small measure from the idealized constructs foregrounded in their tourist publications, constructs masking the reality of totalitarian regimes complicit in forging the Axis Alliance in the years leading up to World War II.