Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office, 1875. First edition. Hardcover. 291pp. Quarto [30 cm.] Rebound in brown buckram with new endpapers. Contains 77 of 80 black and white illustrations of Powell's epic adventure down the then unknown Colorado and Green Rivers. Missing figures 1 (frontispiece), 2, and 3. Missing pp. 1-6. Several leaves have insect nibbling at the head. With the the folding map and profile at the rear, with light foxing, and some minor fold splits. There are several discreet pieces of tape backing the splits in the profile. Very good. Item #56836
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. Carl Wheat writes, with reference to this work, in "Mapping the Transmississippi West, 1850-1861," "As a narrative of adventure, this book of 1875 is one of the most justly celebrated documents in the literature of exploration." Howes P525. Graff 3336. Sabin 64753.