Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office, 1875. First edition. Leather bound. 291pp. Quarto [30 cm.] Attractively rebound in orange-brown leather, with a hubbed spine, leather spine labels, and blind ruled decorative lines on the boards. New decorative endpapers. Complete. Folding map (with a handful of small splits along the folds) and folding profile tucked in. Sporadic small tide marks in the bottom inside margins. A handful of minor marginal tears, several of which have been taped. Very good. Item #60306
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. Farquhar 42a. Wheat 1261. Graff 3336. Sabin 64753.