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Auction 145, Lot 231

Dutton's Famous Atlas of the Grand Canyon

"Atlas to Accompany the Monograph on the Tertiary History of the Grand Canon District", Dutton, Clarence Edward

Subject: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Period: 1882 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

18 x 20.3 inches
45.7 x 51.6 cm
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This is Dutton's famous atlas of the Grand Canyon, which is one of the most important works on the region ever produced. It is best known for the stunning illustrations by William H. Holmes and Thomas Moran. Holmes' impressive Panorama From Point Sumblime is shown on three separate sheets (Sheet XV, XVI and XVII) and creates a striking 270 degree panorama of the Grand Canyon (East-South-West). Sheet XVIII, The Transept, Kaibab Division, Grand Canon An Amphitheater of the Second Order, is based upon the classic painting by Thomas Moran, who is probably the artist most associated with the Grand Canyon. The view itself is of a gorge opening into one of the branches of the Bright Angel Canyon in the Kaibab. In addition to these four important views, there are twelve geologic maps of the region (eleven in color) and six other chromolithographs, a title page and table of contents. Lithographed by Julius Bien & Co.

Clarence Dutton started working for the U.S. Geological Survey in 1875 and is best known for his explorations in the Colorado Plateau Province (roughly centered on the four corners region). He wrote several important papers over his career including works on the Grand Canyon, the high plateaus of Utah, as well as the Charleston earthquake of 1886.


Condition: A

Condition code is for the maps and views which are clean, bright and in near fine condition. Original binding with the front cover and front endpapers detached, both covers are bowed, and the spine has nearly perished. A very attractive example that would benefit from professional rebinding.

Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000

Sold for: $2,500

Closed on 6/12/2013