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Author: Sitgreaves, L[orenzo]
Title: Report of an Expedition Down the Zuñi and Colorado Rivers
Place Published: Washington
Publisher:Robert Armstrong
Date Published: 1853

198 pp. Illustrated with 78 lithographed plates, most are duo-tone; large folding map in the back titled "Reconnaissance of the Zuñi, Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers made in 1851 under the direction of Col. J.J. Abert." (8vo) 22x14 cm (8¾x5½), dark green blindstamped cloth. Senate Executive No. 59, 32nd Congress, 2nd Session. First Edition.

This copy with ownership signature of John J. Abert to the front pastedown; Abert headed the Corps of Topographical Engineers for some 32 years, and it was under his direction that the map in the present work was executed. The expedition, consisting of Sitgreaves, Lt. J.G. Parke, Dr. S.W. Woodhouse, R.H. Kern, with Major H.L. Kendrick in command of the escort and Antoine Lerouz as guide, "left Santo Domingo, New Mexico, on August 1, 1851, stopped at Zuni in September, and arrived in San Diego on November 30. Most of the lithographed plates are from drawings and paintings by Richard Kern, a few by Edward Kern, some uncredited. They consist of 23 duotone lithographs of views, (numbered 1-24, with no plate 14, as issued); 6 mammal plates; 5 bird plates (no plate 2, as issued); 21 reptile plates (numbered 1-20, with a plate 10a); 3 fish plates; and 21 botanical plates. Howes S521; Wagner-Camp 230:1.

Wear and soiling to cloth with a few areas of discoloration, corners lightly bumped, small chips to cloth at edges; hinges tender, moderate to heavy toning, foxing and a dampstain throughout affecting plates and map, loss to bottom of front free endpaper, library stamp; good.
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