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Grand Canyon: Wheeler, George M.; Progress-Report Upon Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian in 1872, under the Direction of Brig. Gen. A. A. Humphreys.

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Grand Canyon: Wheeler, George M.; Progress-Report Upon Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian in 1872, under the Direction of Brig. Gen. A. A. Humphreys.

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Wheeler, George M.; Progress-Report Upon Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian in 1872, under the Direction of Brig. Gen. A. A. Humphreys. Washington, 1874. Quarto, pp. 56, folded map, 5 photolithography plates. 

The text is complete and in the original brown cloth with gilt titles, light archival restoration to binding spine, book plate of AIME on paste down denoting donation of work from Horace V. Winchell’s library. Text, plates and map are very clean. In very good condition. 

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The "Wheeler Survey" of the One Hundredth Meridian was one of the four great government surveys of the west. The others were the Hayden, Powell, and King surveys. Wheeler had parties in the field each summer from 1872 to 1878 after which Congress cut off funding for field work but allowed publications to continue until 1884. The results of his surveys were issued as Annual Reports, Progress Reports, and Final Reports with map atlas sheets. For the most part Wheeler surveyed only in the country south of the King Survey. The exceptions were in northeastern California and the Fort Hall area of Idaho. Most of the surveys occurred in central and southern Nevada, southern and eastern California, western Utah, about half of Arizona,western and northern New Mexico, and southern Colorado. The various reports are especially noted for their coverage of the geology, stratigraphy and geography or the regions surveyed. Much of Wheeler’s above Progress Report is dedicated to descriptions of mining districts visited in Utah and Nevada. In addition he surveyed parts of the Grand Canyon. William Bell's photographs (reproduced by photolithography) of the Grand Canyon have the distinction of being the first such Grand Canyon photographs published in any report. These photographs include: Rain Sculpture-Salt Creek Canon, Utah; Canon of Kanab Wash - Colorado River Looking South; Grand Canon of the Colorado - Mouth of Kanab Wash, Looking East; and Looking South into the Grand Canon - Colorado River, Sheavwith Crossing. This is one of the rarer of Wheeler's reports with all of the plates present. The large folded map shows the regions west of the Mississippi River explored up to 1872. The routes taken by various explorers are shown with the exception of Powell’s surveys. Wheeler purposely excluded John Wesley Powell's explorations since he did not consider Powell to be an "Officer of the Line" at the time of  expeditions.

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