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J.D. Whitney
The Auriferous Gravels of the Sierra Nevada of California, 1st Ed., J.D. Whitney
USA: University Press, John Wilson & Son, 1880. Very Good+. See photos, Binding tight, Library worthy. About this Item: University Press, John Wilson & Son, Cambridge, 1880. First edition. Large quarto. Three heliotype plates from photographs by Carleton Watkins, one double-page plate of the Calaveras skull, and twenty maps, diagrams, sections, and plans. Added title: Contributions of American Geology. Volume I. [Cambridge]: University Press, John Wilson and Son, 1880. Original blue pebble-grain cloth over bevelled boards. Front cover lettered in gilt, spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Original brown coated endpapers. Flap detached from rear map pocket. A very fresh and clean copy with the binding having no issues.Published by J.D. Whitney after leaving California to assume leadership of the School of Mines of Harvard University. While previous published work contained his most famous error (excluding any major role of glaciers in the formation of Yosemite Valley), this one printed his second most famous error (declaring the Calaveras skull an ancient fossil representative of prehistoric man). Three of the plates are scenes of hydraulic mining operations by the celebrated photographer Carleton Watkins. Outside of the Calaveras skull error, this is an impressive work both scientifically and typographically and is of importance to several subjects: the Gold Rush, geology, the Sierra, and the work of Josiah D. Whitney. First Editions rarely come up these days. The only other first that I have seen was at a Sacramento book fair in 2018...,selling for $1500.00 US. The volume is … [Click Below for Full Description]
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