Lot 144 of 438:
Ives's report on the exploration of the Colorado River  

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Report upon the Colorado River of the West

Ives, Joseph C[hristmas]


Government Printing Office



131, 14, 154, 30, 6, 31, [1] pp. Illustrated with 2 folding maps; 1 engraved profile; 13 (of 14) lithographed or engraved views; 7 color lithograph plates of Indians; 8 folding panoramas; 3 engraved paleontology plates. (4to) original half morocco and marbled boards. First Edition, House Issue.

Superb survey of the Colorado River, with exceptional illustrations after Möllhausen and others and including reports on the geology, botany and zoology by John Strong Newberry, Asa Grey, Spencer Fullerton Baird and others.

Wagner-Camp notes that "William Goetzmann calls Lieutenant Ives' complete report, 'The best by far of these individual reports... It is a long, carefully written journal, consciously literary but with a maximum amount of attention to scientific observation....'" Howes I92; Sabin 35308; Wagner-Camp 375; Wheat Transmississippi 4, pp. 98-101.

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Binding a bit worn, a few irregular folds to panoramas; very good.

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