Burlington, Iowa: R. T. Root, Publisher, 1880. Leather edition. Leather bound. 784pp. Large octavo [23.5 cm] Full brown leather with a black gilt stamped leather spine label. Good. The covers are cosmetically cracked along the joints. There are small losses from the leather at the ends of the spine. There is a 3 inch long gouge in the leather of the front board, exposing the underlying boards. The underlying boards are exposed along the edges.There is a contemporary gift inscription on the front free endsheet, and the endsheets are cracked along the hinges. The text block is cracked at the preface page. Item #21337
From the Preface- "Scientific studies on its original formation have been principally confined to learned books. Presented in a condensed and popular form, they will be found of fascinating interest; while a complete view of its surface features, its vast area, its variety of climate and soil, its agricultural and mineral resources, its rivers, lakes and plains, and wide expanding rim, with the peculiar course and significance of its human history, show it to be the grandest and most desirable region in the world."