Los Angeles: Board of Harbor Commissioners, 1913.
First Edition. 8.5 x 11.25 inches, in original printer wrappers. Chipping to spine ends, front hinge repaired with cloth tape, soiling to half title, scattered foxing.. 158 pp, with many illustrations from photographs, maps, diagrams, folded plates, but lacking a plan originally found in a rear pocket. A scarce early report on the development of Los Angeles as a port city, written as the harbor's main channel was being dredged and widened and to accommodate larger vessels. This report discusses the effects to be expected from the opening of the Panama Canal, the growth and development of commerce in Los Angeles generally, harbor construction work, bond issues, wharf facilities, legislation and litigation affecting the harbor, and more. Includes several very nice folding photographic panoramas showing parts of the harbor and the Los Angeles and San Pedro business districts. Once the Panama Canal opened in 1915, the Port of Los Angeles occupied a unique strategic position for international trade and became a major destination point for east-to-west seaborne trade.