Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1872-1881. Hardcover. Hayden's monumental survey of the American West, consisting of twelve annual reports, and including the map volume which was issued with the 12th annual report. Of great importance, is the fact that this is the most complete map volume that we have ever seen, with 4 additional maps. The set is sold together with Hayden's large folio atlas "Geological and Geographical Atlas of Colorado." In this set, the first book is the 1873 reprint which contains the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd annual reports. It is important to note that the 4th Annual Report has the cachet of bearing the bookplate "With the compliments of F. V. Hayden, U. S. Geologist." Flake 9204. Wheat, pp. 344-349.
The volumes are good to about very good. Seven of the spines have been restored with varying amounts of the original backstrips overlaid. Five of the books have had tissue repairs or reinforcement to the hinges. Some of the spine titles are faded. The opening pages have occasional ink stamps. There are cracks in the text blocks here and there (several volumes more prominently: Twelve, Part I and Part II, due to their thickness), but most volumes remain quite sturdy. The front hinges of the 7th and 11th annual reports are broken, and the text block is pulling away from the backstrip of the 7th annual report as well. The volumes which are ex-library have often just a single library stamp. A handful of the maps have sporadic splits along the folds, and minor tape repairs. All plates and illustrations are present, with the exception of just one illustrated plate- Plate 78 in the 10th annual report. The boards of the folio atlas are moisture damaged (rear board more so) and a bit warped. Internally, other than some very faint tide lines here and there, the pages are clean and bright.
Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden (1829-1887) was a trailblazing geologist of the West and head of the United States Geographical and Geological Survey of the Territories. Howard R. Lamar notes in "The Reader's Encyclopedia of the American West," that early in Hayden's career, he undertook several geological studies, which included an unsuccessful attempt to penetrate the snowy mountain barriers into the mysterious upper Yellowstone region. Lamar goes on to write, "But when, in 1867, he was appointed geologist in charge of the geological survey of Nebraska, he was launched on his life's career. From its modest beginnings in that year he changed its name and expanded his survey into the most ambitious scientific undertaking in the American West. In 1871 and 1872 he led the first scientific parties into Yellowstone, and the subsequent publicity, along with distribution of the photographs taken by his photographer, William Henry Jackson, aided in the passage through Congress of the bill creating the Yellowstone National Park.
Before Hayden's survey the wonders of Yellowstone and much of the surrounding area was terra incognito and known to only a handful of trappers and a few small bands of Indians. One cannot even begin to imagine the magnitude of the subjects covered in this survey. The treatment that Hayden's group gives the area is massive in its scope, and contains hundreds of plates, maps and graphs charting the geological features as well as the fossil record for the area. Complete sets of this survey are uncommon in any condition, much less with the most complete and definitive collection of maps in the map volume that we have ever encountered.
A set from one of the great surveyors of the American West. Item #58081
Present in this set, with collation notes where needed:
First, Second, and Third Annual Reports.
Preliminary Report of the United States Geological Survey of Wyoming, and Portions of Contiguous Territories, (Being a Second Annual Report of Progress).
Preliminary Report of the United States Geological Survey of Montana, and Portions of Contiguous Territories, Being a Fifth Annual Report of Progress.
Sixth Annual Report of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories, Embracing Portions of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah. Order of plates a bit mixed. *Ex libris Charles Francois Paul Alfred Preudhomme de Borre. Preudhomme de Borre (1833-1905) was a Belgian entomologist, who was appointed curator of reptiles at the Musée Royale d'Histoire Naturelle of Belgium. He was responsible for developing a new method of work: the collections were removed from the Museum and distributed to taxonomists in several countries for identification.
Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, Embracing Colorado (7th Annual Report). Order of final 6 plates a bit reversed.
Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, Embracing Colorado and Parts of Adjacent Territories (8th Annual Report).
Ninth Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, Embracing Colorado and Parts of Adjacent Territories. Plate 12 is adhered partially to the following page, and has a small tear to the surface.
Tenth Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, Embracing Colorado and Parts of Adjacent Territories. Pp. 417-431 are bound in twice. The map at p. 176 (Plate 11) is nearly detached, and has had a number of tissue repairs. Plate 73 is detached, but laid in. *Plate 78 is absent. With Plate 29 (general reference map) and Plate 74 tucked in at the rear.
Eleventh Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, Embracing Idaho and Wyoming.
Twelfth Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories: A Report of Progress of the Exploration in Wyoming and Idaho for the Year 1878. In Two Parts. Part I. The title page is partially detached, and several pages are completely detached (but present), including 2 illustrated plates. Tidemarks in the top fore-edge corners. Pp. 271/72 and the two plates preceding it are detached, but present. It is worth mentioning that present in this volume are 6 illustrated plates not listed in the illustrations listings: Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods (Frontis); Henry's Lake and the Tetons from the Summit of Low Pass; The Tetons Looking Down Gros Ventree Fork; Washed Bluffs on Wind River. Wasatch Group; Wind River Mountains- Glacial Lake; Grand Teton Valley of Snake River. Moraines in the Foreground. Also present are two maps which are not listed either: Drainage Map Showing Portions of Wyoming, Idaho and Utah (bound in after p. 265); Zoo-Geographical Map of North America (facing p. 593).
Twelfth Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories: A Report of Progress of the Exploration in Wyoming and Idaho for the Year 1878. In Two Parts. Part II. The panoramic view and the illustrated plate (Plate C) with its tissue guard (facing p. 63) are completely detached, but tucked in. With a large folding map of Yellowstone bound in at the rear.
Twelfth Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, 1878: Maps and Panoramas. Containing maps 1-7, plus 4 additional maps (#8. Part of Central Wyoming; #9. Parts of Western Wyoming and Southeastern Idaho; #10. Parts of Western Wyoming and Southeastern Idaho and Northeastern Utah; #11. General Map of Area Explored and Mapped by F. V. Hayden. 1869-80). This volume is an ex-Museum Library copy, with relatively few library markings. The maps are fragile and have intermittent fold tears, the first map being particularly brittle, and with pronounced fold splitting.
Geological and Geographical Atlas of Colorado and Portions of Adjacent Territory. Eighteen maps and charts. Two sheets of panoramas.