Catalog Archive
Auction 123, Lot 877

"Twenty-Third Annual Report of the United States Geological Survey", U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Subject: Exploration and Surveys, United States

Period: 1902 (published)

Publication: HR Doc. No. 5, 57th Congress, 2d Session

Color: Black & White

8 x 11.5 inches
20.3 x 29.2 cm

This report has numerous maps and illustrations. It starts with a brief discussion of Major Powell's work on the western arid lands and their redemption by irrigation. The sections following include (1) Discussion of mining resources plus details of production 1900-1901, (2) A review of engineering projects involving hydrographic work, state by state, (3) A comprehensive study of the status of topographic surveys accompanied by numerous state maps showing survey progress. It closes with a brief "Necrology" for Clarence King who died at the end of 1901. King organized and directed the USGS for ten years and is often called its founder. A full page portrait of King is signed in the plate. 217pp, multiple figures, tables, plates, and numerous black and white maps, many double page. Original brown leather with raised bands and gilt lettering on red and black leather labels.


Condition: A

Contents near fine. Leather on binding is softening. Front cover with short split along spine, rubbed and loose piece at lower spine.

Estimate: $75 - $100


Closed on 2/20/2008