Auction 111, Lot 772

"Ninth Annual Report of the United States Geological Survey to the Secretary of the Interior 1887-88", Powell, John Wesley

Subject: Geological Survey

Period: 1889 (published)



8.5 x 11.5 inches
21.6 x 29.2 cm

A comprehensive report by the Director of the United States Geological Survey, describing all progress and discoveries made during 1887 and 1888. Includes a nice, large fold-out map of the United States showing progress of the topographic survey. Provides the financial statement of the department, the administrative reports and accompanying papers. With the following reports: "The Charleston Earthquake of August 31, 1886" by Capt. Clarence Dutton; "The Geology of Cape Ann, Massachusetts" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler; "Formation of Travertine and Siliceous Sinter by the Vegetation of Hot Springs" by Walter Harvey Weed; "On the Geology and Physiography of a Portion of Northwestern Colorado and Adjacent Parts of Utah and Wyoming" by Charles A. White. Hardbound in brown cloth with embossed cover and spine, 717 pp., many maps and plates, some folding and in color. This was the personal copy of W.C. Mendenhall, Directory of the Geological Survey, Dept. of the Interior (mid-1930's) and later the Acting Assistant Secretary. In 1906, also with the Interior Department, he photographically documented the devastation of the San Francisco earthquake.


Condition: B

Contents very good, but binding is rough with broken and worn spine, mostly on the edges. Previous owner's name written or stamped in front and back blank endpapers and on title page. Some signatures starting. Deserving of simple binding repair.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/8/2005