Miami, FL: Real Estate Data, Inc., 1980. Softcover. Oblong atlas folio size, 581 pp., 17th Edition. Good +. Item #18012807
While the western portion of Contra Costa County, California was fully developed by 1960, primarily due to industrial development during World War II, the central and eastern portions are now far different from how they appear in this atlas. This book of plat maps and aerial photos provides a glimpse back in time, to a time of orchards, ranches, large lots and a significantly smaller population. As an example of that growth, the City of Walnut Creek had a population of 2,500 in 1950, 9,900 in 1960 and today has approximately 65,000. The aerial views and open tracts of land presented in this atlas were opportunities for growth, much of it occuring because of the improvements to Interstate 680, SR 24 and the BART rail system which was begun in 1964.
___DESCRIPTION: Flexible black plastic boards, white paper title label to front board, pages attached to boards with five screw type metal posts; oblong atlas folio size (25" by 21"), pagination: note that publisher used lettering for the prelimary matter and plot numbers for the maps and aerial views, as follows: title page and blank verso [2 pp.], Explanation Page, "A" [1 p.], Index Map, "B" and "B-1" [2 pp.], Zoning Codes, "C" [1 p.], Street Index, "D" through "D-38" [39 pp.], section with maps and aerial views begins, with plot numbers from the Index Map being used on both the left-hand side and right-hand side, one the map and one the aerial view [536 pp.]
___CONDITION: An almost very good copy, complete and internally clean, some pages with creases but most very good to near fine, binding mostly clean, corners rubbed to cardboard; 1/2" chip to front label, with slight loss to one letter, 1/8" chip to front label with loss to two letters, prior owner name to front label, date stamp to front label, FFEP and title page are detached from posts with holes torn, prior owner name to FFEP, prior owner name to index page, the explanation page has one of five holes torn, the bottom post is missing but all contents are firmly held by the upper four posts. A very usuable copy of a scarce atlas, with only two copies of an earlier version located on OCLC as of this writing.
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