Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1972. First Edition, Limited to 300 copies. Full-page inscription by the author. 8vo. 55,  pp. Photo-illustrations. Black cloth cream and green illustrated paper covered boards. Lower corner boards showing else a near fine copy. Item #19644
The author was inspired to chronicle the history of street lighting in Los Angeles when he became a member of the board of Municipal Art Commissioners. Looking back to 1867, the book says the streets of Los Angeles were illuminated at nighttime only by the lamps required by law. They had to be attached to the fronts of buildings. That same year a contract for lighting the streets by gas was granted. By 1882, when street lighting by electricity was authorized in this city of 12,000 residents, there were 136 gas lamps to guide people through the darkness. By 1971, however, there were 161,700 electric lighting units to match a population that had grown to almost three million. - Larchmont Chronicle.