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5 parts in 1 (with each section heading) volume. Senate issue: 36th Congress, 1st Session. 4to. 131, 14, 154, 30, 6, , 31,  pp. Beautifully enriched with fine illustrations: 2 large folding lithographed maps "Rio Colorado of the West", 8 fine folding panoramic views, 8 chromolithographic plates [facing pages 31, 44, 54, 66, 94, 120, 121, 128], and 17 lithographed plates of views (including frontispiece and 3 fossil plates) from sketches by Baldwin Mollhausen [frontis., 27, 49, 63, 74, 80, 100, 107, 108, 110, 119; 20, 30, 54, I, II, III], and 1 "profile" plate, with numerous steel engravings; minor tears to maps repaired, some browning, spotting and engraving off setting, p. 108 glue spot on plate has pulled some facing text, title page with small perforated "LC" and dated (1908) rubber stamp on verso, otherwise clean pages. Original pictorial gilt and blind stamped dark brown cloth covers, with recent new spine of similarly toned cloth. Library of Congress bookplate. Very good: an unusually clean and well maintained copy. FIRST EDITION. "[This] report is one of the most desirable books in the Colorado River field" - Francis P. Farquhar. An important and desirable work in the history of the mapping and early descriptions of US territories, resources, etc. Complete with all plates, maps, wood cuts and panoramic views: includes eight colored lithographic plates of the Indians of the southwest. Baldwin Mollhausen (1825-1905), artist and traveler, born in Bonn, travelled across the western United States, and died in Berlin. He was wounded by Indians but, after five months, navigated the Mississippi River to New Orleans. His time in the US was around 1850-1854. His chromolithographic images of the west are highly prized. Joseph Christmas Ives (1829-1868), soldier, botanist, explorer of the Colorado River in 1858, was born in New York City on Christmas Day, 1829 and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1852. As a Second Lieutenant from 1853 to 1854 he was appointed by the U.S. Army to the Topographical Engineers as assistant to Lt. Amiel Weeks Whipple in the Pacific Railroad survey along the 35th parallel. From 1857 to 1858 Ives commanded an expedition to explore the Colorado River from its mouth. At Robinson's Landing he built the 54 foot paddlewheel steamboat Explorer to map and survey the river. His party included Smithsonian associate John Strong Newberry as geologist. He led his party up the Colorado River to the lower end of the Grand Canyon, then struck out across the desert to Fort Defiance, Colorado. Ives reported his findings in his 1861 Report upon the Colorado River of the West. The Ives expedition produced one of the important early maps of the Grand Canyon drawn by Frederick W. von Egloffstein, topographer to the expedition. Flake 4287; Howes I-92; Paher, Nevada: An Annotated Bibliography, 952; Sabin 35308; Wagner-Camp-Becker 375; Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, 947, 948. First Edition.
Title: Report upon the Colorado River of the West, Explored in 1857 and 1858 by Lieutenant Joseph C. Ives, Corps of Topographical Engineers, Under the Direction of the Office of Explorations and Surveys, A. A. Humphreys, Captain Topographical Engineers, in Charge. By order of the Secretary of War. [with]: Hydrographic Report. [with]: Geological Report. [with]: Botany. [with]: Zoology. [with]: Appendices.
Categories: Western Americana,
Publisher: Washington:, Government Printing Office, 1861, 1860.: 1861
lbs: 3.00 lbs
Seller ID: LV1796
Keywords: Western Americana