Menlo Park CA: Lane Publishing Co. 1957. 1st. Original cloth. First Edition. INSCRIBED on ffep "To Father Thaddeus Kreye O.F.M./Rebuilder of 4 of the California Missions/and a very good Friend/Karl Obert A.P.S.A., A.R.P.S." Quarto; [xx], 216 b/w photographic plates (one to a page). A Very Good copy in Tiffany blue cloth titled in silver in a price-clipped photographic dust jacket (front cover is image of El Capitan) with shallow chips and creasing. Item #17943
German native Karl Obert was one of the best-known photographers on the South Coast from the 1930s to the 1960s. He came to the United States in 1926 and made his way west to Santa Barbara. He traveled the state for three years producing photographs for a book to document the natural and man-made beauties of California. The stock market crash of 1929, followed by the economic doldrums of the Depression and then World War II, postponed the project until 1957 when this book, published in both the U.S. and Germany, appeared. Among the book's South Coast images are Channel Drive, various Montecito estates, Fiesta, and, of course, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and the Old Mission. Also included are shots of the annual trek of the Rancheros Visitadores (for more than 40 years Obert was the official photographer of the fraternal men’s equestrian group).