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Rare Geology Book: Wheeler, George M.; Progress-Report Upon Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian in 1872

$450.00

Rare Geology Book: Wheeler, George M.; Progress-Report Upon Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian in 1872

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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 plates.

The text is complete and in the original brown cloth with gilt titles. The binding is tight and clean, professionally re-cased with evidence of the work not visible. X-lib. Carnegie Library with stamp on title page, edge of last page, verso of map and plate edge. Clear archival repair to the back of a fold on the map, light dust soiling to outer margin of a plate. 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. The plates are especially stunning panoramic views of the landscapes. The above "progress report contains four plates of views of the Grand Canyon. These are amongst the earliest photographs published of Grand Canyon scenes. Much of the work is dedicated to descriptions of mining districts visited in Utah and Nevada. William Bell's photographs (reproduced by photolithography) of the Grand Canyon have importance as being the first such 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. One of the scarcest Wheeler reports because of the importance of the plates.The photographs were by Philadelphia illustrator Gordon Bell and are quite stunning. The large folded map shows the regions west of the Mississippi River explored up to 1872. The routes taken by various explorers are shown. 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 Powell's Colorado River expeditions.

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