Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1890-1891. Original Department of the Interior Monograph. Leather bound. 438pp. Folio [29.5 cm] Full light brown leather with only partially remaining gilt stamped title labels on the spine, and decorative borders on the covers. Good. Ex-library, with a single library label on the front pastedown. The extremities are rubbed, and there are a handful of small dark stains on the spine. There are a couple of very long thin stains on the covers as well. The longer stain measures 10 inches long. There are several small scrapes in the leather of the front cover, there is a short chip in the leather at the head of the spine, and there is a 1/2 inch crack in the leather at the foot of the spine along the front joint. The underlying boards are exposed at the corners. The title page has been professionally tipped in. The fore edges of the pages at the very beginning and end of the text are brittle and chipped. There is a 1 inch long closed tear in the fore edge margin of the front flyleaf. The text block is cracked multiple times, however the book is still very sturdy. Missing plate XI, plate XIV, and plate XXIII. With the map laid in at the rear, in very good condition. There are multiple small chips and closed tears along the edges and folds, the longest closed tear measuring 4" long. Flake 3564a. This item may require extra shipping charges due to weight. Item #45977
Gilbert worked primarily in Utah for Wheeler and Powell, where he studied the geomorphology, stratigraphy, and structural geology of the Great Basin region. He observed two types of mountain building--fault-block uplift and laccolith doming. He is also credited with naming ancient Lake Bonneville, whose raised shorelines he used to demonstrate crustal isostasy. In 1879, he joined the new USGS and carried on with Lake Bonneville field work under King.