Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and Its Tributaries. Explored in 1869, 1870, 1871, and 1872, Under the Direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. John Wesley Powell.

Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and Its Tributaries. Explored in 1869, 1870, 1871, and 1872, Under the Direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office, 1875. First edition. Leather bound. 291pp. Quarto [30 cm.] Original calf with leather labels on backstrip. Very good. Volume has been rebacked with original backstrip laid over. Light overall rubbing to boards, more rubbing to extremities. Small map of Arizona attached to the front pastedown. Previous owner's name handwritten on the title page. Both the folding map and profile are present an in binder's pocket at the rear of the volume. Contains eighty black and white illustrations of Powell's epic adventure down the then unknown Colorado and Green Rivers Index. The maps are in excellent condition. Item #51045

Powell's 1869 exploration was the first documented expedition to successfully navigate the perilous rapids of the Colorado River through the uncharted Grand Canyon. The expedition set off in 1869 with ten men and four boats under the direction of one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell. After three months and nearly 1,000 miles, only five of the original party emerged from the depths of the canyon. Their historic journey mapped the last wild, untamed river of the American West and named the last unknown regions of American geography. The Henry Mountains and the Dirty Devil River were until the Powell expedition the last nameless mountain range and river in the continental U.S. Howes P525. Farquhar 42a. Wheat 1261. Graff 3336. Sabin 64753.

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