Griggs, Robert F.; The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Washington: The National Geographic Society, 1922. First Printing. Quarto, pp. xv, 341, folded panoramic frontispiece, numerous plates, maps and text photos (some folded, 16 of the plates are colored).
The work is complete and in the original blue cloth with gilt spine titles and gilt cover titles and vignette. The binding is tight and clean, light shelf rubbing to corners and spine ends, text, plates and maps are bright and very clean. In very good condition.
Robert Griggs (1881-1962) was an American naturalist and botanist. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1911. In 1913, Griggs made his first of many trips to Alaska as part of an expedition organized by the University of Washington to study kelp beds. During this trip, he encountered volcanic ash from the Katmai volcanic eruption in Southern Alaska, and began to take interest in the effects of the ash on the surrounding land. In 1915, he led the first of six summer expeditions with the National Geographic Society to continue the volcanic study and discovered the source of the major volcanic eruption. Griggs died June 8, 1962 and his ashes were deposited atop Mt. Griggs, named in his honor, among the Katmai volcanic region.