Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, Made under the Direction of the Secretary of the Interior by William H. Emory (Three Volumes)
1859·Washington, D. C.
by Emory, William H.
Washington, D. C.: Cornelius Wendell. Very Good. 1859. A complete set of three rebound volumes, actually two volumes in three, with all plates present as called for. Red stamped cloth boards with bright gilt imprint on spine, made to look like leather. Light wear on corners. Slightly faded marbled edges. Reports within volumes paginated separately. William H. Emory was appointed commissioner of the United States and Mexico Boundary Survey following John Russell Bartlett, who was MIA from the survey upon Emory's arrival to assume his appointment. Emory was left to scrap together an effective survey party and obtain an accurate survey of the border after previous errors had ceded the Mesilla Valley, important in constructing a trans-continental railroad, to Mexico. The Gadsden Purchase had corrected this, but also added new territory to be surveyed. In addition to helping to clear up the boundary controversy, Emory's accounts were important in noting that the deserts of the southwest were not an agrarian paradise, and his team assembled a wealth of natural history and anthropological observations. This report is also notable for the illustrations, with many plates of scenery, plants, animals, and in particular color plates of the native inhabitants and birds. Volume I contains the personal narratives, correspondence, meteorology, geology, ethnology, and paleontology. It has shadow toning and light soil on some pages, with shadowed offsetting from plates. The other volumes have light soil on some pages, with less toning. First part of Volume II is botany; second is zoology. Two folding maps and one meteorological chart are tipped into Volume 1. Map Number 1, the large folding map: Map of the United States and Their Territories between the Mississippi and the Pacific Ocean and Part of Mexico Compiled from Surveys Made under the Order of W. H. Emory...by Thomas Jeckyll, C. E. In very good condition with a half-inch margin tear and a fold split. Number 2: Geologic character of the formations as determined by C. C. Parry (cross-section sketches of mountains) , in very good condition. Also of note are the numerous in-text geologic illustrations by James Hall. A truly monumental scientific work. Wagner-Camp 291. Howes E146. Wheat Transmississippi 916. ; 11 1/4" x 9 1/4" . (Inventory #: 010622BT)
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