Washington: Government Printing Office, 1882. First edition. Hardcover. 264pp. Quarto [30.5 cm] Rebound in maroon cloth with gilt title on backstrip. New marbled endsheets and pastedowns. Some dampstaining, mostly to bottom right page corners, and to fore-edges through the preface pages; else very good. Complete with all plates. Item #14505
In 1875, Clarence Edward Dutton (1841-1912) joined the United States Geological Survey and is known for his extensive explorations of the Rocky Mountain region. His greatest accomplishment is his Tertiary History of the Grand Canon District of 1882. It is still considered the preeminent work on the Grand Canyon to date. In a rare blend of exceptional prose and art, Dutton's text is matched equally by the quality of illustration drawn by W.H. Holmes and Thomas Moran.