Washington: Government Printing Office, 1876. ix,515pp., plus eighty-eight figures, diagrams, in-text illustrations, and maps. Original brown cloth with "U.S. Government Bindery" blindstamped along joint of both boards, spine gilt. Boards worn with some light staining, corners bumped, lower joint of rear board cracked, one-inch chip at head of spine. A few small closed tears to folded plates, closed tear to pp.513-14 (no loss of text), occasional foxing and tanning, but interior quite clean. About very good. Item #WRCAM55585
Hayden's important survey of the Colorado territory, covering geology, topography, paleontology, archaeology, and zoology with numerous illustrations and maps. In the 1870s, Colorado was a promising new territory that lay directly in the path of settlement and was in the midst of a mining boom. Although King and Powell had covered much of the area, Hayden's team was more thorough, and through this report "revealed for the first time to a wide audience the twin wonders of Colorado's Mount of the Holy Cross and the mysterious, ancient cliff dwellings of the vanished people of Mesa Verde....Hayden and his men had revealed an entire lost civilization that for centuries had lain buried in the heart of the Rocky Mountains" (Goetzmann). Goetzmann, EXPLORATION AND EMPIRE, pp.522-26.