La Fiesta de Los Angeles.
La Fiesta de Los Angeles.
La Fiesta de Los Angeles.
La Fiesta de Los Angeles.
La Fiesta de Los Angeles.

La Fiesta de Los Angeles.

Los Angeles: R. W. Pridham, April 1894. Los Angeles Litho. Co. Oblong 12mo (14.5 x 23.5 cm), pictorial color printed wrappers. 80 pp. Numerous illus. 1 p. bears a few pen inscriptions.

A souvenir program for La Fiesta de Los Angeles, a celebration of the history of California, which took place between 10 April and 13 April 1894 in downtown Los Angeles. Includes an account of the grand carnival, with its origins and purpose, as well as an historical sketch of Southern California. Pictured throughout are the fascinating California-themed floats that appeared in the parade, as well as the various individuals who made up the festival committee. The programmes for all three days of the festival are described. The front-cover illustration features angels blowing trumpets, with banners and numerous steeples in the background; advertisements and plugs for local businesses are featured throughout.

The introduction reads in part: “As the feverish speculative era has given place to solid prosperity and happiness, the need is felt for more social intermingling and diversion among a people who came here, not solely for making money and seeking health, but to live an easier life in a more poetic clime […] there is every incentive to give ourselves relaxation and pleasure such as is enjoyed in the great Southern cities the world around; as the Mardi Gras of New Orleans, the Flower Fair of Tallahasee, The Carnival of Rome, and other world famous festivals.”

La Fiesta de Los Angeles occurred yearly between 1894 and 1916.

OCLC records 4 copies.

CONDITION: Light soiling at upper-left corner of front cover, light wear at spine; contents clean and attractive, light creasing.

Item #5144

Price: $375.00

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