Lot 221: Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and Its Tributaries, John Wesley Powell

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Lot 221: 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: [4], xi, 291 pp. Profusely illustrated. with wood-engraved plates, many from photographs. 29x22 cm (11½x8¾"), original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. 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: Some soiling and wear to the covers, spine ends frayed, rear joint splitting, corners rubbed and bumped; page edges browned, foxing along page edges throughout, original fold-out maps are not present.; good or better. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $300-500
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