Lot 74 of 235:
Tyson's Geology of CA 1851 presentation copy  

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Geology and Industrial Resources of California... To which is added, The official reports of Genls. Persifer F. Smith and B. Riley - Including the Reports of Lieuts. Talbot, Ord, Derby and Williamson, of their Explorations in California and Oregon; and also of their examinations of routes for rail road communication eastward from those countries

Tyson, Philip T[homas]


Wm. Minifie



2 parts in 1. xxxiv, 127, 37 + [2] ad pp. With 4 folding lithographed maps; 8 folding lithographed sections, profiles & elevations. (8vo) 22.5x13.5 cm (9x5¼"), original blindstamped black cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Second Edition.

Presentation copy inscribed in ink on front free endpaper, "Dr. J.I. Cohen, with the respects of his friend, P.J. Tyson." Pencil name of Joshua I. Cohen on front pastedown. Important work containing three significant maps of the Gold Region, first published the preceding year as a Senate document, although this is an expanded version. Tyson was in California in the summer and early fall of 1849. Wheat notes that the work was "probably the earliest work of true scientific research to emerge from the Gold Rush." The maps include George H. Derby's "The Sacramento Valley from the American River to Butte Creek," Tyson's "Geological Reconnoisssances in California," "Survey of Public Lands in the Gold Region," (often listed as one of the folding sections), and R.S. Williamson's "Sketch of the Route of Capt. Warner's Exploring Party in the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra Nevada."

Provenance: Alta California Books, 10/71

References: Howes T-455 Wheat Gold Region 149 for Derby map; 179 for Geological Reconnaissance map; 182 for Williamson map.

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Expertly rebacked by book restorer Sandra Good, with original spine strip employed, though missing top 1"; glue residue on front pastedown from removed bookplate, postage stamp at top of that page; some internal aging, Derby map with repaired tear; very good.

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