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Powell, John Wesley

Published by Flood & Vincent, Meadville, The Chautauqua-Century Press, PA., 1895,, 1895
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Flood & Meade , Meadeville, PA. The Chautauqua-Century Press, 1895, large 4to., top edge gilt, frontis, portrait of heavily bearded Powell with his facsimile signature, original leather full boards with gilt title and author, leather ribbed and decorated spine with gilt title and author, 400 pages, more than 250 illustrations. First Edition in very good condition. Howes (P527) calls this "The first complete narrative [of Powell's famed transit of the Colorado river], his earlier reports were largely devoted to scientific data." Scores of this edition's illustrations appear first, and probably only, in this account. Farquhar (43) gives the Meadville a separate listing because 'it differs in so many respects from the report of 1875. 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. Altogether, it is a handsome book, and also a scarce one." "Scarce" is an understatement: It is believed by some Powell experts, that only a hundred or so copies of the Meadville ever reached the marketplace, so the copy offered here may be literally "one in a hundred." Darrah, in his POWELL OF THE COLORADO, says the Major was handsomely paid for his writing. He planned, said Darrah, to save the money toward purchase of a summer cottage "on some rocky shore of the ocean." Powell ultimately made this dream come true. He passed away in his Haven, Maine, waterfront cottage in 1902. All original, 1895 deluxe edition. Rare. Hinges professionally restored on an already excellent volume. VG+. Bookseller Inventory # JWP1895

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Publisher: Flood & Vincent, Meadville, The Chautauqua-Century Press, PA., 1895,

Publication Date: 1895

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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