EMORY, William H. (1811-1887)

EMORY, William H. (1811-1887)

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EMORY, William H. (1811-1887) - Report of the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, Made under the Direction of the Secretary of the Interior

Desired Senate Version with beautiful color plates of Native peoples and birds, historically significant scientific description of the people, geology, and animals of the United States/Mexico boundary area
  • Report of the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, Made under the Direction of the Secretary of the Interior

     

    Desired Senate Version with beautiful color plates of Native peoples and birds, historically significant scientific description of the people, geology, and animals of the United States/Mexico boundary area

     

    First Edition, 34th Congress, 1st session, Senate Executive Document 108, Four Parts in 3 Volumes. Correct total of plates is 346 including 25 hand colored bird plates, 12 colored views of native people, 3 large folding maps including the large folding colored map “Map Illustrating the General Geological Features of the Country West of the Mississippi River”. The plates include: land views, geology, mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, botany, cacti and native people of the era. Because of the incredible size of the report and elaborate production only 3,000 sets were printed. (Note: This set is missing one bird plate (number 22), so 24 of 25 bird plates present)

     

    Quarto: 11.25 inches in height by 8.45 inches in width

     

    Volume 1: Washington: A.O.P. Nicholson, Printer, 1857

     

    Volume 2: Washington, 1858. 2 vols. In 2 parts: Part 1: Botany of the Boundary, Part 2: Zoology of the Boundary

     

    Volume 3: Washington, 1859, Part 2: Zoology of the Boundary

     

    The Boundary Commission began this enormous challenge in 1848 and survived years of conflict among the various commissioners to Emory’s successful conclusion of the work in 1857. Emory’s contribution to the report is cartographic and he made several thousand observations that were incorporated into the maps. The report includes detailed scientific reports by James Hall, T.A. Conrad, Spencer F. Baird, Charles Girad, C.C. Parry, George Engelmann and others.

     

    The significance of this work is difficult to overstate. This is the first scientific exploration into the area and resulted in new and valuable information. “The narrative, the scientific reports, and the illustrations made Emory’s production and overwhelming contribution of factual knowledge concerning the American Southwest” (Goetzmann)

     

    This set was previously owned by The British Legation, forerunner of The British Embassy, and bears their stamp on the third free page of each volume. Beautiful original full calf binding shows some minor wear. Double rule border on boards along with hash marks to edges. Very clean, wide margined edition in original bindings and endpapers. Spines have four raised bands as well as the original black and red title and volume labels. (note: some lines in pen drawn on the bottom edge of Vol. 2 and Vol. 3)

     

    The Cornerstone work on the exploration and mapping on the United States and Mexican Border with the earliest views of inhabitants, the land, and early settlements

     

    Howes E 146, Wagner-Camp 291, Wheat: Mapping the Transmississippi West, 822-6 & III, chapter 30