Los Angeles: Bruce McAllister, 1931. First edition, signed by Landacre in the colophon. One of five hundred copies. One of the most important and influential illustrated California books, this is generally considered to be Landacre’s masterpiece. The wood engravings include views of Berkeley, UCLA, Malibu, Big Sur, Indio, Point Mugu, Monterey Hills, the high desert, and other locales.  pages, fourteen wood engravings, wood engraved vignette on colophon. Spine lightly browned, light wear along front joint near head of spine, just exposing the cloth beneath the paper boards, lesser wear along back joint, a little browning to endpapers near gutter, as usual. A very good, clean copy of a fragile book, far nicer than is usually seen, in custom-made quarter morocco clamshell slipcase with chemise. Original patterned boards with printed paper label on front cover. Quarto. Item #15623
Except in occasional engravings of buildings, Paul Landacre has confined all his efforts to hymning the “eternal hills” and especially to searching out those qualities in them that prompt us to use the adjective eternal. He gradually evolved a conception of black lines and white lines -one kind passing easily and unnoticed into the other- which enabled him to cut into wood the erosive flow which has given rhythmic form to hills and mountains” (Arthur Millier in the Preface).
“His very first book... remains his best. California Hills is the cornerstone of any Landacre collection...” (Lehmann p.43).