Wheeler, G. M.
Report upon United States Geographical Surveys west of the one hundredth meridian, in charge of Capt. Geo. M. Wheeler. Vol. I. - Geographical report.
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Washington, DC, Government Printing Office, 1889. Large, thick 4to (29.3 x 23.5 cm). 780 pp., 38 fine, tinted lithographed plates (several in chromolithography, tissue-guarded), three (very) large folded maps [listed as plates I-XXXVIII and Maps 1-3]. Publisher's embossed cloth. Spine with gilt vignette and title. Printed errata leaf bound in. = Rare first report of a huge publication complete in seven volumes. But this is the only part on the geography, with fine maps and views. Includes several nice views such as of the scene at Mouth of Canon of the Virgin River near Shonesburg, Utah; Crossing the Colorado River near Mouth of Paria Creek; Aboriginal life in the Navajo county near old fort Defiance, Ariz. (coloured); Whitney Peak, highest of the Sierra Nevada; View looking south into the Grand Canon, etc. The several Grand Canyon views are very nice, as are the (often coloured) plates showing people. Quite interesting are the facsimiles of ten ancient maps of North America. Printed compliments card of the author tipped in on front pastedown. Cancelled stamp on title and in the margin of a few text pages and five plates, and on some plate versos. Otherwise a good, clean copy.