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Rare Grand Canyon Book: Ives, Joseph Christmas.; Report Upon the Colorado River of the West, Explored in 1857 and 1858. 1861

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Rare Grand Canyon Book: Ives, Joseph Christmas.; Report Upon the Colorado River of the West, Explored in 1857 and 1858. 1861

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Ives, Joseph Christmas.; Report Upon the Colorado River of the West, Explored in 1857 and 1858...under the direction of the Office of Explorations and Surveys. 36th Congress/1st Session, Washington, 1861. Quarto, pp. 373, 32 plates ( 7 colored, 8 folded), 2 folded maps, profile. In five parts, Part 1, General Report, pp. 131, 41 woodcuts (from sketches by Molhausen & Egloffstein), 7 colored plates, 11 b/w litho plates, and 8 folded panoramic views (by Egloffstein) and the frontispiece which depicts the expedition's steamboat "Explorer" passing Chimney Rock, two folded maps covering route from the mouth of the Colorado to Fort Defiance and a plate showing the profile of the route. Part 2, Hydrographic Report, pp. 14. Part 3, Geological Report, pp. 154, 6 litho. plates ( 3 views, 3 fossils ). (The index calls for 2 geol. maps but these were never issued (USGS LIbrary & Wagner Camp)), 27 woodcuts. Part 4, Botany, pp. 30. Part 5, Zoology, pp. 6. Appendices, pp. 32.


In the original cloth with gilt cover vignette, spine titles faded, binding professionally re-cased, text, maps and plates are exceptionally clean. Presentation book plate on front paste down. In very good condition.

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Ive's expedition up the Colorado River in 1857-1858 was one of the most important army surveys of the American West. The expedition used the shallow-draft 54 ft. steamboat USS Explorer for the exploration of the river. Ive's had it constructed in Philadelphia, tested on the Delaware River, dismantled, shipped to Ft. Yuma and reconstructed on the Colorado. Accompanying Ives were three noted individuals who’s combined talents were to help make the expedition successful. John Strong Newberry (1822-1892 first Professor Geology Columbia University School of Mines) an eminent geologist; F. W. von Egloffstein, the Prussian topographer noted for his illustrations of American western landscapes and Heinrich Baldwin Mollhausen the German artist already known for his paintings and sketches of the west while on earlier expeditions. In addition to collecting and cataloging over 900 mineral, fossil and rock specimens during the expedition, Newberry gives a vivid description of the geology and topography along the Colorado. He was the first geologist to observe the Grand Canyon and its tributaries and though in haste was able to sketch a stratigraphic column from the Carboniferous into the Precambrian. In addition he presents the first theories on the geological evolution of the Colorado Plateau (based on uplift) and the Grand Canyon. The topographer Egloffstein presents an entirely new process in map making on the two maps present. Instead of being shown in flat and two dimensional hauchures, the mountains and other topographic features now appear to stand in sculptured relief. An illusion of depth and height are captured. His process remains in use today. His map is also the first to portray the canyon and plateau country. Ive's left a lasting impression in the writing of his report. While remaining a scientific paper he was able to capture and present to the reader all of the grandeur, romanticism and natural detail of the expedition. The sketches and colored plates done by Mollhausen stand alone in their attention to detail and ability to capture the landscape and its inhabitants.

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