New York, et al. Underwood & Underwood, [ 1904]. 64pp. booklet with two maps (one folding) bound in and eighteen loose stereoviews on captioned stiff mounts. Original printed wrappers. Textblock detached, a bit dusty. Folding map and stereoviews in excellent shape. Very good. In a lightly-worn black cloth pull-off box, spine gilt. Item #WRCAM52608
A wonderful collection of Grand Canyon scenes, including a charming snapshot of a weather-beaten Thomas Moran, the noted western American artist, sketching from an outcropping high above the canyon. The cards, all copyrighted 1903, are captioned as follows: 1) "A Wonder to the Primitive Inhabitants - Sante Fe (locomotive) crossing the Canon Diablo in Arizona." 2) "From Red to San Francisco Mountains - a woody wilderness in sun-kissed Arizona." 3) "Blown Asunder by Volcanic Energies - Red Mountain, an Extinct Volcano." 4) "Labyrinthine Ways through the Lava Ash Formations, Red Mountain Crater, Arizona." 5) "'The Sinuous Colorado, yellow as the Tiber,' - N. from Bissell's Point." 6) "Among the Butten, Red Canon Trail." 7) "Fathoming the Death of a Vanished Sea - Grand Canon of Arizona from Hance's Cove." 8) "Descending Grand View Trail." 9) "Dendritic Stalagmites in a Limestone Cave." 10) "Angels' Gateway and Newberry Terrace from Cottonwood Spring." 11) "Beside the Colorado - Looking up to Zoroaster Tower from Pipe Creek." 12) "Down the Granite Gorge of the Colorado (1200 ft. deep) from Pyrites Point." 13) "Prospecting for Gold, Indian Gardens." 14) "Rounding Cape Horn on the Bright Angel Trail." 15) "Thos. Moran, America's Greatest Scenic Artist Sketching at Bright Angel Cove." 16) "'Over all broods a solemn silence,' - Sunset at O'Neill's Point." 17) "Overlooking Nature's Greatest Amphitheatre-from Rowe's Point." 18) "On the Brink, One Mile Above the River...west from Rowe's Point." On the verso of each card is a lengthy description of the relevant image, with the text often taken from other works, mainly by Dellenbaugh and Powell, followed by the card caption translated into several languages, including French, German, Spanish, Swedish, and Cyrillic. Of Thomas Moran the description concludes: "The famous man on that rock yonder has done immense service to the world by interpreting the glories of the Canyon to other people's eyes...He has the true artist's eye for magnificence of form and color, and the skill of a trained craftsman in expressing his conception of nature's beauty." The accompanying booklet includes information on the early exploration of the canyon and offers advice for prospective gold-seekers. The text was first published in 1900, then as here in 1904, and again in 1908. The first of the two maps is a Grand Canyon tour map, while the folding map of the canyon is keyed by number to a selection of the present stereoscopic cards. Both maps are copyrighted 1904. An impressive collection of views, and quite scarce. OCLC reports only seven 1904 copies over several accession numbers.