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Pingenot Auction, Lot 149


149. IVES, Joseph C. Report Upon the Colorado River of the West, Explored in 1857 and 1858.... Washington: SED, 1861. [367] pp., 32 lithographed plates (including 8 folding panoramic views and 8 color lithographs from sketches by Baldwin Möllhausen), 2 large folding lithographed maps drawn by F. W. von Egloffstein (one professionally repaired), 1 profile. 4to, original black blind-stamped gilt pictorial cloth with depiction of the iron steamer Explorer. Expertly rebacked (original spine retained). Intermittent foxing. Very good condition.
        First edition, the Senate issue and the preferred issue. Farquhar, Books of the Colorado River & Grand Canyon 21: "One of the most desirable books in the Colorado River field...[and] the first that deals specifically with the river itself. Moreover, the illustrations are remarkable...two from photographs represent perhaps the first use of the camera in Arizona, certainly on the Colorado River." Goetzmann, Army Exploration in the American West, pp. 394-95: "Ives [report is] a lasting of the representative pieces of nineteenth-century American literature. [In it] all of the mannerisms of the romantic imagination are there, skillfully handled, so as to present in terms of human experience just what it was like to go where no white man had ever gone before." Howes I92. Plains & Rockies IV:375. Taft, Artists & Illustrators of the Old West, pp. 30-35: "First pictorial records of the Grand Canyon." Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 947 & 948, pp. pp. 98-101. Pingenot: Ives led the first scientific exploration of the Grand Canyon, and his party was the first in recorded history to explore the floor of the canyon.