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    Ten Double-Page Views of the Grand Canyon

    J[ohn] W[esley] Powell. Canyons of the Colorado. Meadville: Flood & Vincent, The Chautauqua-Century Press, 1895. Quarto. xiv, 400 pages. One-page advertisement for the Santa Fé Railroad. Title printed in red and black. Frontispiece. Index. Numerous plates, including ten double-page views of the Grand Canyon, and text illustrations. Contemporary maroon cloth over beveled boards. Gilt lettering to the spine; gilt lettering, and black and gilt ruling to front board. Spine darkened and with moderate chipping to head and foot. Corners bumped; extremities scuffed. Stains to lower corner of front board and bottom edge. Hinges cracked. Five leaves with split along the gutter for about six inches. Internally clean and free of foxing; illustrations sharp and vibrant. Overall a very good, bright copy of this scarce and important narrative of the West.

    "This book differs in so many respects from the report of 1875 [Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and Its Tributaries; Explored in 1869, 1870, 1871, and 1872, under the Direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution] that it is here given the status of a separate title. Not only has the narrative been revised and augmented, but there are several new chapters and a great many new illustrations. Included in the latter are adaptations from the superb sketches of William H. Holmes which are featured in the Dutton atlas [Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District, with Atlas (Washington: 1882)]...Altogether, it is a handsome book; also a scarce one" (Farquhar).

    Decker 36-333. Farquhar, Colorado River, p. 43. Graff 3335. Howes P527.

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