Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana in the Year 1852
Washington: A.O.P. Nicholson, Public Printer, 1854. Lithographic plates by H. Lawrence. Hardcover.
Original blindstamped brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, illustrated with many lithographed plates, 8vo, xv, , 286 pp. + plates. Lacking Vol 2 the Atlas. The bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Shelf handling wear with loss of spine tips, open corners; early plates have toned throughout the 64 lithographic plates by H. Lawrence.
64 fine lithographic plates by H. Lawrence as follows: Landscapes (plates 1-12); Geological Sections (folded plate 1, plates 4-11); Paleontology (plates 1-6); Zoology (plates 1-18); Botany (plates 1-17, 19-20). Botanical plate 18 and Geological plate 2 were not issued. It is likely that Geological plate 3 was not bound into this copy, as there is no indication of it having been removed.
A Good Hardcover in collectible condition. / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #014829
Written by one of the greatest nineteenth-century American explorers, this is one of the most interesting accounts of an original exploration of unknown parts of Texas [Marcy] was the first Anglo-American to discover and explore Palo Duro Canyon and Tule Canyon . Marcy described in detail the little-known Wichita tribe and compiled the first Wichita dictionary" (Jenkins, 'Basic Texas Books' 135B).
The report abounds in topographical and geological detail of the exploration of previously unknown parts of present-day Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arkansas, by one of the major figures in the settlement of the frontier.
Appendix A. Meteorology observations
Appendix B. Tables of courses and distances
Appendix C. Mineralogy: Report on the minerals collected C.U. Shepard
Appendix D. Geology: Notes upon the specimens of rocks and minerals Edward Hitchcock. Remarks upon the general geology of the country traversed by George G. Shumard
Appendix E. Palaeontology: Description of the species of Carboniferous and Cretaceous fossils by B.F. Shumard
Appendix F. Zoology: Mammals by R.B. Marcy. Reptiles by S.F. Baird and C. Girard. Fishes by S.F. Baird and C. Girard. Shells by C.B. Adams and G.G. Shumard. Orthopterous insects, arachnidians, myriapods / by C. Girard
Appendix G. Botany: Description of the plants collected during the expedition / by John Torrey
Appendix H. Ethnology: Vocabulary of the Comanches and Wichitas / by R.B. Marcy, with some general remarks by W.W. Turner.
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