SITGREAVES, L[orenzo]. Report of an Expedition Down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers. Washington: Robert Armstrong, Public Printer, 1853. 1st ed. 198pp. Folding map, 77 (of 79) plates (1 folding, some tinted). Orig. blindstamped cloth. Pinhole to spine, light scattered foxing, small closed tear to map, else a very good or better copy. HOWES S-521. Wheat Transmississippi 763. Field 1414. Wagner-Camp 230:1. Meisel, III,p.134. Sabin 81472. Graff 3809. Sitgreaves and his party transversed the country from northern New Mexico to San Diego in the summer and fall of 1851, crossing northern Arizona and descending the Colorado to Yuma before crossing the desert. This report is notable for its many lithographed plates of scenes along the route, as well as flora and fauna. The natural history specimens are described by John Torrey. Wheat calls the map "a monumental achievement.generally correct and exceedingly well done." With bookplate indicating that this copy was from the library of Louis Agassiz. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Report of an Expedition Down the Zuni and ...
Book Description Robert Armstrong, Washington, 1853. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. Senate issue (32d Congress, 2d Session, Executive, No. 59). Complete as issued, with 198 pp + 79 lithographed plates (23 views, 6 mammals, 5 birds, 21 reptiles, 3 fish, 21 botanical plates) and large folding map. Original brown cloth, with chipping and tears to spine cloth. Spine cracked at pp 174/175; intermittent foxing, primarily affecting the title page, occasional text margins, and about 20 plates (mainly mammals, birds, reptiles and botanicals, as opposed to the views, which are generally clean). Map has a few splits at the intersections and one closed tear that has been repaired on the verso. This was the final expedition made by the U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers in connection with the Mexican War. In addition to Sitgreaves, the expedition party included J.G. Parke, Richard H. Kern as draughtsman, S.W. Woodhouse as physician and naturalist and Antoine Leroux as guide. Its purpose was to determine whether the Zuni River actually emptied into the Colorado and to examine the territory en route. The party followed the Zuni from Zuni Pueblo in western New Mexico to the Little Colorado, then continued west, reaching the Colorado near the Mojave villages and then proceeding south to Camp Yuma and San Diego. Wheat (3: 22-24) notes that the map is very detailed and calls it "a monumental achievement.generally correct and exceedingly well done." Howes S-528, Wheat 763, Wagner Camp 230:1, Graff 3809, Field 1414. Bookseller Inventory # 18346