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United States Geological and Geographical - Hayden, Ferdinand Vandiveer - 1871. 
Government Printing Office 1871-1879, Washington DC - Ten octavo volumes (22 cm), of 12 reports including: United States Geological Survey for the Territories for 1867-1868 and 1869 (1873 reprint of three annual reports, pp. 261, plus Table of Contents); Wyoming and Contiguous Territory 1870 (pp. 511); Montana 1871 (pp. vi, 34-538); Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah 1872 (pp. xi, 844); Colorado 1873 (pp. xii, 718); Colorado and Adjacent Territory 1874 (pp. ix, 515); Colorado and Adjacent Territory 1875 (pp. vii, 827); Colorado and Adjacent Territory 1876 (pp. xxix, 546); Idaho and Wyoming 1877 (pp. xxvii, 720); Nebraska Geological Survey Final Report (pp. 264, plus plates). All are complete with plates and maps (Schmeckebier, pp. 9-20, 32) EXCEPT Nebraska volume is missing its foldout color map.From the Harvard Geology Library, with attendant bookplates and stamps (ink and debossed), some with former owner's names on free front endpapers. Two volumes in publisher's cloth (1871, and 1872), the others in library bindings. Spine of Montana 1871 volume is absent, front board is detached and rear is loose. Rear board of 1872 volume is loose, with front board starting.These volumes are based on a series of expeditions commissioned by the U.S. Congress to Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico and Colorado, led by Hayden between 1867 and 1878. The reports produced included information on geography, geology and topography; paleontology and archaeology; ethnography, botany and zoology. Hayden was put in charge of what eventually became the United States Geological Survey at the outset of these expeditions, which has been called "the most ambitious scientific undertaking in the American West" (Lamar, 478). The 1871 Montana report is notable as the catalyst for the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872 (Thrapp, 633). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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