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Rare Grand Canon Book by Clarence Dutton; Tertiary History of the Grand Canon District with Atlas

$14,000.00

Rare Grand Canon Book by Clarence Dutton; Tertiary History of the Grand Canon District with Atlas

$14,000.00
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Dutton, Clarence E.; Tertiary History of the Grand Canon District with Atlas. USGS Monograph 2, Washington, 1882. Text, quarto, pp. xiv, 264, colored frontispiece chromolith by Holmes of Smithsonian Butte, 1 colored chromolith by Holmes, 9 woodcut plates by Moran, 31 additional full page woodcuts, heliotypes and photoengravings. Atlas, folio, title page plus 22 double page sheets.

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Atlas in original cloth binding, gilt stamped titles. Binding is tight and clean with minor repair to lower spine edge, titles are bright, plates are very clean and bright. The text is in the original cloth with gilt stamped titles, spine lightly sun faded, text and plates are very clean. The panoramic views in the Kaibab division (plates 15-17) and Vulcans Throne panorama (plate 6) are exquisite. The Moran panorama of the amphitheater is very clean and free of blemishes. This copy is exceptionally clean with no blemishes to the plates. Overall a very good complete set of the greatest work done on the Grand Canyon with all plates in near fine condition.

Clarence Dutton (1841 – 1912) was an American geologist and US Army officer. He was was born in Wallingford, Connecticut, graduated from Yale College in 1860 and took postgraduate courses there until 1862, when he enlisted in the 21st Connecticut Volunteers and fought at Fredericksburg, Suffolk, Nashville and Petersburg during the Civil War.
In 1875 he began his career with the U.S. Geological Survey and worked primarily in the Colorado Plateau region. He wrote several classic papers on the region including geological studies of the high plateaus of Utah (1879-80), and the Tertiary history of the Grand Canyon district. He then wrote a classic study on the Charleston, South Carolina earthquake of 1886. As head of the division of volcanic geology at the USGS, Dutton studied volcanism in Hawaii, California, and Oregon.
Dutton was known for his literary description, and is best remembered today for his descriptions of the geology and scenery of the Grand Canyon region of Arizona and his greatest accomplishment is his Tertiary History of the Grand Canon District. It is still considered the preeminent work on the Grand Canyon. The atlas is beautifully illustrated with maps and views engraved by Julius Bien. Sheet XVIII of the atlas, entitled "The Transept, Kaibab Division, Grand Canyon" is based on the beautiful painting of the same title by the artist Thomas Moran (1837-1926).
The field artist for Dutton's geological study of the Grand Canyon was William Henry Holmes (1846-1933). Holmes was most noted for his sense of realism and attention to detail. The views include a number of images that are designed to form larger continuous panoramas. His three greatest works in the atlas contain a view from Point Sublime in the Kaibab: the three double page sheets sheets (numbered XVI-XVII), if joined, would form a single panoramic view measuring approximately 17" high  by 90" wide.
The atlas and text is The atlas, containing the superb panoramic views by William H. Holmes and a drawing by Thomas Moran, is a wealth of geological knowledge as well as a portfolio of beautifiul art and a collection of maps. A complete copy of the set is seldom seen, especially with the plates free of blemishes.

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