Hayden, Ferdinand V. & Henry Wood Elliott,(illustrator); Profiles, Sections and Other Illustrations, Designed to Accompany the Final Report of the Chief Geologist of the Survey and Sketched under His Directions...Under Authority of the Secretary of the Interior. Limited to 100 copies. New York: Julius Bien, 1872. Large oblong quarto (11.75 x 9.25 inches), pp. 2, title, (verso blank), 2 “Prefatory Note”. This is followed by Sixty-five photolithographic plates with multiple profiles per sheet (274 profiles, sections, and vignettes total), including twenty-three double page, eleven folding (three on thin paper and eight on thick paper), and thirty-one single-page plates.
The work is complete and in the original green pebble-grain cloth with ruled margins and gilt titles on cover. A later green cloth spine with a paper spine label. The binding is tight edges and corners with some shelf scuffing. The inner hinges were re-enforced at some point with white cloth tape, old rubber stamp of defunct college on first free end sheet and small Hayden book plate on front pastedown reading “with the compliments of Ferdinand V. Hayden”. With the exception of the final plate, the plates are free of wear or tears with no foxing. The last plate has light dust soiling to the outer margin and upper edge with light wear to the outer margin. There is a light stain at the inner margin of the book throughout. This can be seen in the photos. Over all a very good copy of a rare work.
This is the first and only edition, containing Henry Wood Elliott's art work for the Hayden Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories. The majority of these plates were never published elsewhere. Only two copies of this work have sold at auction in the past 50 years. The work was intended to be part of a final report of the Hayden survey but was never used. 100 advance copies of the “Profiles, Sections…” were issued and sent to geologists in the United States and Europe. The intent was to have a larger printing of the work issued with color plates but that plan was never completed.