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Pingenot Auction, Lot 287


287. SITGREAVES, Lorenzo. Report of an Expedition Down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers. Washington: SED59, 1853. 198 pp., 78 lithographed plates of Native Americans, views, mammals, birds, reptiles, botany (one folding and several on tinted grounds), large folding lithographed map: Reconnaissance of the Zuñi, Little Colorado, and Colorado Rivers Made in 1851 (67.4 x 119.5 cm; 26-3/4 x 47-3/8 inches). 8vo, original green blind-stamped cloth. Occasional mild foxing, else fine.
         First edition. Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon, 16: "The plates and map by R. H. Kern are important in the development of knowledge of the region." Graff 3809. Munk (Alliott), p. 202. Plains & Rockies IV:230:1: "The expedition consisted of Sitgreaves, Lieutenant J. G. Parke, Dr. S. W. Woodhouse, R. H. Kern, with Major H. L. Kendrick in command of the escort and Antoine Leroux as guide. The group left Santo Domingo, New Mexico, on August 1, 1851, stopped at Zuni in September, and arrived at San Diego on November 30th." Farquhar 16. Field 1414. Graff 3809. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 763 & pp. 22-23: "Wheat discusses the route of the Sitgreaves expedition and highly praises the map, calling it ‘a monumental achievement...generally correct and...exceedingly well done." " Pingenot: An important contribution to the knowledge of Arizona topography, Indian ethnology, and fauna of the desert southwest. The Kern plates are now much sought after.