UNITED STATES of AMERICA: Western Explorations]

Reports of Explorations and Surveys [Vol. 3] to ascertain the most practical and economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Made under the direction of the Secretary of War, in 1853-4. Volume III,

Published: Washington: Bevererly Tucker, Printer [for the Senate]

Date: 1856

first edition large 4to. [2 (title)], 36; [2], (vii)-x, viii, 136, [9], 10-77; [5], [6], (7)-127; viii, [6]., 21 tinted lithograph plates, 8 plates of tables, 2 monochrome plates, 1 large folding geological map, 2 large (1 (very large) folding geological cross sections, numerous woodcut illustrations in text, original dark grey cloth blind blocked, spine gilt lettered,

This volume deals with the route near the thirty-fifth parallel with the survey under the command of Lieut. A. W. Whipple, The survey contains an introductory section on the itinerary, a report on the topographical features and character of the country, a report on the Indian tribes, a report on the geology, a report on the botany. a report on the zoology and numerous appendicies. The attractive coloured plates are mainly excellent topographical views and the substantial chapter on the Indian Tribes includes 8 colour plates. The collation of this epic survey, foundation work of Western Americana, is complicated and often varies, but "despite their flaws, these volumes contain a monumental collection of scientific information, geographical, zoological, botanical, geological, of the still mysterious American West. Upon first examination, the volumes seem forbiddingly disorganized ... however these faults are amply compensated by the richness of the material within" [Wagner-Camp, 261-267]

light marginal foxing or toning on plates, very unobtrusive old college blind stamp, unobtrusive pen shelf number on title page, else very good.


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