Rickard, Thomas A.; Journeys of Observation. [San Francisco: Dewey Publishing Company, 1907. Quarto, Part 1, pp. 255; Part 2, pp. 130. Both parts profusely illus. with photos and drawings. Inscribed by Rickard with May 1922 date.
The work is complete and in the original illustrated cloth with black titles and vignette on cover and spine. The binding is tight, light scuffing to covers and edges. The text is very clean. In very good condition.
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Rickard (1864-1953), a noted English mining engineer, and author of several works on the subject settled in America in 1915. During his career he was the State Geologist of Colorado, a lecturer in mining geology at Harvard and editor of the Mining and Scientific Press and the Mining Magazine. He wrote several works on mining.
Rickard divides Journeys of Observation into two parts. The first part is Among the Mines of Mexico, being the record of a journey from New York to Mexico, together with a description of the mining industry of El Oro, Pachuca and Guanajuato, as observed in 1905. The second part is Across the San Juan Mountains. Being the account of a ride over the mountainous mining regions of Southwestern Colorado, in September 1902].
While the emphasis in both works is on mining in the regions, Rickard also includes much on conditions, geography, geology, economy, customs, working conditions, etc.