Report Upon the Colorado River of the West, Explored in 1857 and 1858 by Lieutenant Joseph C. Ives, Corps of Topographical Engineers, Under the Direction of the Office of Explorations and Surveys, A.A. Humphreys, Captain Topographical Engineers, in Charge. By Order of the Secretary of War.

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1861. 36th Congress, 1st Session. Hardcover. 131+14+154+30+[7]+31 pp. (in five parts with appendices). Quarto [29 cm] Dark brown cloth covered boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine, and embossed designs and a gilt stamped vignette on the covers. Two maps present at front of volume. Both maps are in very good condition, with light creasing. Good. The covers are lightly rubbed, and the rear board is very subtly stained. The spine is rolled, and the gilt stamped design on the spine has comnpletely faded. The spine ends and areas along the edges of the spine and covers have been professionally restored. There are a couple of small open tears in the cloth along the front joint of the spine. There are also multiple cracks in the cloth along the joints and across the spine. There is a large chip in the cloth of the spine. The edges of the covers are bumped, and the underlying boards are exposed occasionally along the edges. The endsheets are slightly rippled. The pages are mildly browned, and the text block is cracked several times. The pages are sporadically lightly foxed, and have occasional stains from leaves having been pressed inbetween them. Some of the pages are more heavily browned than others. These pages are often opposite the panoramic views. Item #27824

36th Congress, 1st Session. This is the first book to deal with the Colorado River specifically. The Ives report is also one of the first descriptions of the Grand Canyon (Big Canon of the Colorado), and of the area's native inhabitants. Ives expedition predated John Wesley Powell's expedition by a decade. Lacks the oft-missing laid-in geological maps, else complete with all plates, maps, wood cuts and panoramic views. Includes seven colored plates of the Indians of the southwest. "...the report is one of the most desirable books in the Colorado River field" - Francis P. Farquhar. Howes I94. Wagner/Camp 375. Wheat 947-948. Farquhar 21.

Price: $1,000.00

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