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Stansbury, Howard
Exploration and Survey of the Valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah, Including a Reconnaissance of a New Route Through the Rocky Mountains
Washington DC: Robert Armstrong, Public Printer, 1853. Early Senate Issue. Hardcover. Good +. 487 pp. Octavo [23 cm] Brown cloth with decorative blind stamped boards and title gilt stamped on the backstrip. Title gilt stamped on front board of map volume (which is also bound in brown cloth). Corners rubbed and the backstrip is faded and chipped at the ends, with 1/4" deep losses. Bookplate on front pastedown. Text block sporadically cracked. Missing Baron La Hontan's Map of "The Long River." Map volume present. Covers of map volume nearly completely split at the spine, but maps still holding. Plate VII (Plants) is bound in upside down. Complete set of Stansbury's Report and the accompanying maps. All fifty-nine plates are present and in good condition (all of the fold-outs are clean with no tearing at the folds) and both large maps present. This is one of the great US Government exploration reports of the American West, and a must for any serious collector of exploration or Western Americana. "Stansbury's Report along with Gunnison's book, The Mormons, provided the outside world with an objective look at the Mormons of Utah as well as with a scientific appraisal of the resources and fauna and flora of this section of the Great Basin." - Brigham D. Madsen. Flake/Draper 8360. Howes S884. Wagner/Camp 219:1. Scallawagiana 45. Wheat 764, 765. Fales/Flake 61. Graff 3947. Sabin 90372.
Bookseller: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA [United States]
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