By Capt.Clarence E. Dutton U.S.A.
Department of the Interior United States Geological Survey. J.P. Powell Director. Washington 1882.
Portfolio, 540 x 430mm (21¼ x 17"), original half morocco gilt, five (of six) ties, marbled flaps; brown wrapper with printed title; title, List of Atlas Sheets, 21 (of 22) double-page tinted and chromo-lithographic maps and plates. (The title and List are counted as 'Sheet 1' in the index). A Presentation Copy: from the publisher to the Geological Society of Lyons. Portfolio worn; fold of wrapper broken, ink mss. presentation inscription front; small damp stain on the bottom of all plates.
The atlas volume to what Farquhar calls 'One of the greatest, if not the very greatest of all Grand Canyon books', a work considered the preeminent work on the Grand Canyon to date. Among the maps and plans are three plates that make a 270º view of the canyon by William H. Holmes, and a fourth plate, 'The Transept, Kaibab Division, Grand Cañon An Amphitheater of the Second Order', by Thomas Moran. The missing sheet is Sheet II, 'Sketch map... of the strata in the western part of the Southern Plateau Province'. Julius Bien, the publisher, had worked with the sons of John Audubon to produce a new chromolithographic edition of the 'Birds of America'. Begun 1858, only 150 plates were created before the Civil War ruined the enterprise.
Farquhar 73: 'The atlas... is a rich portfolio of art as well as a collection of maps and an exposition of geology'.
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