Hague, Arnold; J. P Iddings; W. H. Weed; C. D. Walcott; G. H. Girty; T. W. Stanton; F. H. Knowlton; Geology of the Yellowstone National Park - Part II (all published) - Descriptive Geology, Petrography, and Paleontology with Atlas. USGS Monograph 32, Washington, GPO, 1899. Atlas, large quarto, pp. 893, 121 plates. Elephant folio atlas with 25 plates (many colored, some double page).
The set is complete. The text is in a modern black buckram with gilt title. The binding is tight and clean, titles bright. The plates and text are both bright and clean. The atlas is in the original brown cloth with gilt cover titles. The binding is tight, titles bright, minor shelf scuffing to covers, maps are bright and clean. The set is in very good condition.
Hague (1840-1917) was a prominent American geologist who is best remembered for his survey of Yellowstone National Park. He was educated at Yale and then completed further studies in Germany at the universities of Göttingen and Heidelberg, and at the Freiberg Mining Academy. He returned to America and accepted the position as Assistant Geologist to the Clarence King exploring expedition of the40th Parallel. His work on the King survey included many contributions to our understanding of the geology and stratigraphy of the western United States. With the founding of the USGS in 1879, Hague was appointed as a geologist to that organization. In 1883 he was named the geologist in charge to the Yellowstone Division and began studies of the geysers, as well as the geology, petrography, stratigraphy and structural geology of the region. The results of his studies are found in USGS Monograph 32. His report provides a detailed study of fossil flora, invertebrate paleontology, petrography, and descriptive geology of the Yellowstone Plateau. Hague devoted his own investigations to the nature and origin of the park's geysers and hot springs, spending nine years in continuing and expanding work begun during the 1870s by federal geologist Albert Peale. He expanded his field of study to include the forest-reserve areas west of the park and the Tertiary volcanic rocks at the north end of the Absaroka Range. Above all, Hague recognized that protecting the park's resources depended on the conservation of adjacent forests, watersheds, and wildlife and recommended successfully in 1891 the establishment of the Yellowstone Forest reserve east and south of the park.