Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1879. Hardcover. SIGNED. 497pp. Quarto [30 cm] Dark reddish brown cloth covered boards. Good only. The covers are rubbed. The spine is faded. There are losses from the cloth at the ends of the spine. The deepest losses measure 1/2 inch deep. There are two long splits in the cloth along the rear joint, which measure 3 and 1/2 inches long. The underlying boards are exposed occasionally along the edges. The hinges are weak. The text block is cracked at the beginning. The rear endsheet has a couple of cracks along the hinge. The longer crack is 6 inches long. The pages are yellowed. Several pages have very small light stains. All plates present. This item may require extra shipping charges due to weight. Item #50581
Inscribed by Frederick W. Putnam on the front free endsheet. Putnam was curator of The Peabody Museum. Between 1871 to 1879, under the jurisdiction of the chief of Engineers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. George M. Wheeler led an expedition to survey the territory west of the One Hundredth Meridian. The survey's main purpose was to create maps of the area for the establishment of future roads, to record natural resources and to document the Native American tribes of the area. The expedition covered much of the western United States including: New Mexico, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Texas.