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Auction 124, Lot 775

"Progress-Report upon Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian, in 1872…", Wheeler, George (Lt)

Subject: Western Surveys, Grand Canyon

Period: 1874 (published)


Color: Black & White

9 x 11.5 inches
22.9 x 29.2 cm
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This original report contains plates from the earliest photographs of the Grand Canyon, taken during Wheeler's expedition of 1872. The Grand Canyon plates are: Grand Canon of the Colorado - Mouth of Kanab Wash, Looking East; and Looking South into the Grand Canon - Colorado River. The other plates are: Rain Sculpture - Salt Creek Canon - Utah; and Canon of Kanab Wash - Colorado River - Looking South. There are two maps: Camp at Beaver. Belknap Peak and Vicinity, Utah (9 x 7") uncolored; and Skeleton Map of the Territory of the United States west of the Mississippi River Exhibiting the Relations Existing between lines and areas of Exploration & Surveys… (21 x 16.5") printed color. This map uses fine red overprinting to show the history of explorations throughout the region west of the Mississippi River. It is an index map to surveys with a heavy grid and a legend locating Astronomical Stations, Military Posts, and Telegraph Lines. The area surveyed by Wheeler and King are shown in different shading. The map is near fine with just a few small fold intersection splits. It is disbound from the report. This report is in its original paper wrapper.


Condition: A

The paper wrapper is a bit soiled with some splits along spine and an old owner's name on the cover. Contents, maps and plates are clean and bright, but there is some looseness in binding.

Estimate: $200 - $300


Closed on 5/7/2008