One of the Greatest of All Grand Canyon BooksCapt. Clarence E. Dutton. Atlas to Accompany the Monograph on the Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District. Washington: Department of the Interior United States Geological Survey, 1882. First edition. Large folio (18'x20"). Twenty-two double-page plates including color lithograph maps and lithographs of canyon scenes after works by William Holmes and Thomas Moran. Lithography by Julius Bien & Co., New York. Publisher's original brown cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the front board.
Clarence Edward Dutton (1841-1912) was an American geologist. He was an associate of John Wesley Powell in his survey of the Grand Canyon and worked at the U.S. Geological Survey as a field geologist from 1875 to 1891. Dutton worked primarily in the western United States. Wallace Stegner in Beyond the Hundredth Meridian stated "Dutton first taught the world to look at that country and see it as it was... Dutton is almost as much the genius loci of the Grand Canyon as Muir is of Yosemite." William Henry Holmes (1846-1933) was an American geologist and artist who worked in the southwest. He illustrated the terrain and geology of the Grand Canyon area. Holmes did nine of the ten sheets illustrating the Grand Canyon terrain. Thomas Moran (1837-1926) was a painter and lithographer who helped illustrate the Grand Canyon area. Moran drew Sheet XVIII showing the "Transept Kaibab Vision, Grand Canyon." The volume, produced in 1882, contains magnificent panorama views of the Grand Canyon. There are 5 tinted lithographs with an additional 5 chromolithographs with greater color contrasts. There is significant detail in the illustrations. One of them - Sheet VI "Foot of the Toroweap - Looking East" - shows a view of the canyon with a group of men near a pool of water in the foreground. In Sheet XV "Panorama From Point Sublime," two men are observed on the edge of the canyon, one drawing and the other viewing the drawing, which may indeed be self-portraits of Holmes and Dutton. There are also twelve sheets showing the strata of the area. Francis Farquar (Sierra Club leader and author) described this books as "one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of Grand Canyon books."
Condition: Generally, very good. Externally the boards show wear typical of these large volumes, with additional wear at the corners and some insect spotting to the boards. The contents are quite nice and sound with modest toning to the pages.
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