first edition Hardcover
1899 · Washington DC
by Hague, Arnold, J.P. Iddings, W.H. Weed, C.D. Walcott, G.H. Girty, T.W. Stanton, and F.H. Knowlton
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1899. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Monograph: Quarto (29 cm), pp. xvii, 893, i-x. Rebound in half-leather with marbled paper and gilt titling on black leather labels, new pastedowns and endpapers. With all 121 plates of photos, drawings, geologic maps and photomicrographs accounted for, including fold-outs, color illustrations, and double-page spreads; ten pages of advertisements in rear; index. Ex-library as evidenced by a single stamp on the second title page (other markings likely lost when re-bound). A few leaves in the front and rear with toning and light edge wear. Text block is toned with faint pencil marks on bottom edge. The survey ranges widely through 3,000 square miles of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, from the Northern Tetons and Two Ocean Plateau in the south, through the Absaroka and Gallatin ranges, up to the southern Snowy Range in the north. Binding is tight, pages are clean, plates in very good to fine condition. While this is titled Part II, Part I was never issued (but resides in manuscript form at the Yellowstone National Park Archives).Atlas: Elephant folio (54.5 cm), pp. 27. Published in 1904. Half leather with marbled paper, maroon and black leather title labels. Contains 24 stunning color topographic and geologic maps, including six double-page spreads (of Norris, the Firehole and Upper Geyser basins, as well as topo and geologic maps of the entire park). Based on the 1888-89 Hague expedition, to accompany the geologic monograph. Leather binding is worn and rubbed, with toning and chipping to all endpapers. Small closed tear to first four leaves, and sheets XVI and XVII. Text block is toned around edges, with a few sheets chipped at edges. Front hinge is exposed, with front free endpaper unattached. Sheets are otherwise bright and clean, with the exception of a few with smudges.A contemporary and ally of Gifford Pinchot and George Bird Grinnell, Hague was a founding member of the USGS, and while he worked in Asia and South America, this is his best known survey. Hague is credited with helping to preserve the surrounding lands as part of the Yellowstone Forest Reserves east and south of the park. (John Clayton, "Yellowstone Park, Arnold Hague and the Birth of National Forests," Wyo History [dot] org).
(Inventory #: 27348)