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Rare Western Exploration: Powell, John Wesley; Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and its Tributaries in 1869, 1870, 1871, and 1872, under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution. Washington: GPO, 1875.

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Rare Western Exploration: Powell, John Wesley; Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and its Tributaries in 1869, 1870, 1871, and 1872, under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution. Washington: GPO, 1875.

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Powell, John Wesley; Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and its Tributaries in 1869, 1870, 1871, and 1872, under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution. Washington: GPO, 1875. Quarto, pp. xi, 291, 80 woodcuts, two folded maps at rear. 

 The work is complete and in a  contemporary calf and speckled cloth with raised spine bands and gilt spine titles, marbled end sheets and text block edges. Armorial book plate on front paste down (Sir Francis Derrys Bart.) and his signature on first blank end sheet with 1877 date. The binding is tight and clean with corners bumped, text, plates and maps are exceptionally clean. An exceptionally crisp, clean copy in very good condition. 

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 An American soldier, geologist and ethnologist; Powell (1834-1902) was a major figure in the exploration of the American west. He led boat expeditions to explore the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River between 1869 and 1872. Between 1874 and 1880 he directed the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, exploring and mapping Utah, and parts of Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, the Black Hills of the Dakotas, and Colorado. In 1880 Powell was appointed as the 2nd Director of the recently formed United States Geological Survey, a position he held until 1894. Powell combined the results of his explorations of the Colorado River into one narrative “Exploration of the Colorado River”. In it he provides a history of the explorations of the Grand Canyon. descriptions of the physical features of the Colorado River valley and its zoology. He  made the first detailed observations of the geology of the canyon and demonstrated that the Grand Canyon was formed from riverine erosion as the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. Many of the woodcuts of the route through the Grand Canyon are by the noted illustrator Thomas Moran.

 

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