Report of the Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel Made by Order of the Secretary of War According to Acts of Congress of March 2, 1867, and March 3, 1869, Under the Direction of Brig. and Bvt. Major General A. A. Humphreys, Chief of Engineers,

Marsh, Othniel C.; Clarence King

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Place Published: Washington DC
Publisher: Government Printing Office
Date Published: [1880]
Edition: Illustrated
Binding: Hardcover
Book Id: 25189


Quarto [30 cm] Dark green cloth covered boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine. Fair. The underlying boards are occasionally just barely peeking through along the edges. The cloth at the foot of the spine is slightly frayed. The corners of the covers are gently bumped. The text block has almost completely come away from the covers. The front free endsheet is partially detached, and the front flyleaf is detached, but present. The rear endsheet is cracked along the hinge. There is a small ink stamp on the first title page. The pages are mildly browned. The introductory pages are those belonging to volume 2, however this is really volume 7.


With 34 plates. Subjects include Pelvic Arch of Hesperornis and Shoulder-Girdle of Icthyornis. Actual complete text of volume 7. A Yale graduate, King filled his expeditionary force with highly trained civilian specialists, most of them youthful and many of whom subsequently became leading experts in their fields (including William Whitman Bailey, a Brown alumnus and later Professor of Botany at Brown). The individual contributions of these men introduced to the U.S. the new science of micro-petrology, provided important data for the mining industry that continued to be relevant well into the 20th century, and made notable advances in paleontology, zoology, botany and topography.