Los Angeles: Desert-Southwest, 1964. First edition. Hardcover. Illustrated with reproductions of 27 colorful paintings by the author, with two photographs. Now classic collection of paintings and prose remembering Los Angeles in a quieter time. Born in Fresno, California in 1908, Politi (1908-96) spent his developmental years studying art at the Institute of Monza in Milan Italy. Returning to California in 1928, Politi settled near Olvera Street in Los Angeles and began writing and drawing in earnest, winning a Caldecott Award in 1949 for Song of the Swallows. Inscribed by Politi on a prefatory blank leaf. Quarto. Original gray cloth binding, with pictorial gilt stamping. Mild edgewear to the dust jacket. Better than very good. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #62359
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