Atlas to accompany the monograph on the Tertiary history of the Grand Canon district

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Date: 1882

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Led by Captain Clarence E. Dutton, the U.S. Geological Survey's exploration of the Grand Canyon in the early 1880s resulted in a scientific text and this stunning over-sized folio atlas, considered the greatest book by any of the government surveys of the American West. The expedition included artist/archaeologist William Henry Holmes and the artist Thomas Moran.

Dutton's early field work centered on the Colorado Plateau. Out of it came a trilogy of related studies: Report on the Geology of the High Plateaus of Utah (1880), the Tertiary History of the Grand Canon District (1882), and Mount Taylor and the Zuni Plateau (1886). His description of this erosion-sculpted terrain enshrined Dutton, along with Powell and G. K. Gilbert, into the founding pantheon of geomorphology and the "American school" of geology.

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Holmes (1846-1933) had previously been the artist/topographer on the Hayden expedition to Yellowstone and later came to the Smithsonian where he served as a curator of anthropology, the chief of the Bureau of American Ethnology, and ultimately the director of the collection now known as the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

"Most spectacularly, along with Powell, Dutton virtually defined the meaning of the Grand Canyon for American civilization. According to his biographer, Wallace Stegner, "Dutton is almost as much the genius loci of the Grand Canyon as Muir is of Yosemite. And though it is Powell's monument to which the tourists walk after dinner to watch the sunset from the South Rim, it is with Dutton's eyes, as often as not, that they see" ([1953], pp. 173-74)." (Stephen J. Pyne for ANB).

Lithographed title-page, 15 MAGNIFICENT double-page colour tinted lithographed views of the Grand Canyon, including one after Thomas Moran, based on a sketch by Holmes, and 9 after William H. Holmes plates, 11 double-page colour printed lithographed maps, and 2 uncolored maps.

Three double-page, color-tinted lithographed plates by Holmes, when set together, form the magnificent "Panorama from Point Sublime." In the bottom left corner Dutton is depicted leaning over Holmes as he sketches the view.

William Holmes; artist; 1882, Julius Bien; lithographer; 1882

Atlas in original publisher's brown cloth folio binding. (20 x 17 4/8 inches), 415mm (width), 510mm (length), 24mm (depth)

Gold stamped on front cover: United States Geological Survey. J.W. Powell Director. Atlas to accompany the Tertiary History of the Grand Canon District. Dutton

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1. Display
10. Map Of The Uinkaret Plateau North Half
11. Map Of The Uinkaret Plateau South Half
12. Views looking east and south from Mt. Trumbull
13. Views looking east and south from Mt. Trumbull II
14. Views from Mt. Trumbull and Mt. Emma I
15. Views from Mt. Trumbull and Mt. Emma II
16. Geologic Map Of The Southern Part Of The Kaibab Plateau. [Part I. North-Western Sheet.]
17. Geologic Map Of The Southern Part Of The Kaibab Plateau. [Part II. North-Eastern Sheet.]
18. Geologic Map Of The Southern Part Of The Kaibab Plateau. [Part III. South-Western Sheet.]
19. Geologic Map Of The Southern Part Of The Kaibab Plateau. [Part IV. South-Eastern Sheet.]
2. Front Cover
20. Panorama from Point Sublime. [Part I. Looking East.]
21. Panorama from Point Sublime. [Part II. Looking South.]
22. Panorama from Point Sublime. [Part III. Looking West.]
23. The Transept, Kaibab Division, Grand Canon
24. Views of the Marble Canon Platform from the eastern brink of the Kabib I
25. Views of the Marble Canon Platform from the eastern brink of the Kabib II
26. Geologic Map Showing the South-Western Portion of the Mesozoic Terraces
27. Geologic Map Of The Mesozoic Terraces Of The Grand Canon District
28. Geologic Map Showing The Kanab, Paria And Marble Canon Platforms
29. Geologic Map Of The Colorado Plateau And San Francisco Mountains
3. Title Page
30. Back Cover
4. Geological Map of the Western Part of the Plateau Province
5. Sketch Map of the Western Part of the Plateau Province
6. The Temples and Towers of the Virgen
7. Looking up the Toroweap from Vulcan's Throne I
8. Looking up the Toroweap from Vulcan's Throne II
9. The Grand Canon, foot of the Toroweap looking East

Publisher: Washington : United States Geological Survey

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English

ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-04-08

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Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geological Map of the Western Part of Plateau Province (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Sketch Map ... showing the Faults of the Grand Canon District. (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Map of the Uinkaret Plateau [North Half] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Map of the Uinkaret Plateau [South Half] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Map of the Uinkaret Plateau [Composite] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau. [Part I. North-Western Sheet] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau. [Part II. North-Eastern Sheet] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau. [Part III. South-Western Sheet] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau. [Part IV. South-Eastern Sheet] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau [Composite] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map Showing the South-Western Portion of the Mesozoic Terraces (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Mesozoic Terraces of the Grand Canon District (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map Showing the Kanab, Paria and Marble Canon Platforms (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Colorado Plateau and San Francisco Mountains (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic map sheets XX-XXIII [Composite] (1882)

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