Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1962. First edition. Hardcover. 408pp. Octavo [24 cm] 1/2 black cloth over gray cloth boards. Title stamped in gilt on the backstrip. Minor bumping to corners and edges. Moderate shelf wear to jacket. 3/4" closed tear at top of jacket at spine on back. Discoloration to flaps of jacket. Previous owner's name written in marker along bottom edge of text block. Top edge of text block is foxed. Previous owner's name written in pen along top edge of front free endpaper. Very good / Good. Item #55576
An excellent history of the beginnings of the USGS, and a must for anyone with an interest in the exploration and cartography of the west. This book is probably not as well known as Stegner's "Beyond the Hundredth Meridian," but just as important.