The Dawson 80
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, from 1770 to 1920, was a land of discovery and immense potential. In those 150 years it developed from a remote and neglected frontier outpost to a Pacific Coast metropolitan center whose cosmopolitan future and growth were clear. The Dawson 80 is a selection of eighty publications that together capture the essence of Southern California during these years of transition. These publications describe the history and culture of the region from a variety of perspectives. To know these eighty books is to know Southern California – its pioneers and people, its booms and busts, its advantages and attractions, and its natural resources and development. In The Dawson 80, each of these eighty publications is described and reviewed by a member of the Book Collectors of Southern California. Accompanying the narrative are twenty-five illustrations of title pages, covers, and text pages.
The book, produced by The Castle Press at Pasadena, California, is printed on 80 pound Mohawk superfine vellum text and bound in blue cloth with a printed dust jacket.