Lot 220: Author: Powell, John Wesley; Title: Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and its Tributaries. Explored in 1869, 1870, 1871, and 1872, under the Direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; Place Published: Washington; Publisher: Government Printing Office; Date Published: 1875; Description: , xi, 291 pp. Profusely illustrated with wood-engraved plates, many after photographs; folding map and folding profile. (4to) 30x24 cm (11¾x9½"), unbound signatures stitched with string; modern slipcase. First Edition.Account of the first descent of the Colorado River, by geologist Powell, who was to become the second head of the U.S. Geological Survey. Francis Farquhar calls it "one of the basic documents of Colorado River history." Farquhar Colorado River 42a; Graff 3336; Howes P528. Condition: The half-title, which is the first sheet of the unbound signatures, a little soiled, wear to its corners; very good, near fine internally, in rare unbound state.
PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories
Thursday, 28th January 2016
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