Nov 25, 2014 - Sale 2368

Sale 2368 - Lot 34

Price Realized: $ 618
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(ARIZONA.) Ives, Joseph Christmas. Report upon the Colorado River of the West. 2 folding maps, 34 plates, text illustrations. 4to, contemporary 1/2 calf, minor wear; minor foxing to maps, endpapers renewed. 36th Congress, 1st Session, House Ex. Doc. 90. Washington, 1861

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Ives and his party were the first to map the Grand Canyon, which he famously described here as "altogether valueless": "It can be approached only from the south, and after entering it there is nothing to do but leave. Ours has been the first, and will doubtless be the last, party of whites to visit this profitless locality. It seems intended by nature that the Colorado, along the greater portion of its lonely and majestic way, shall be forever unvisited and undisturbed" (page 110). Howes I-92; Sabin 35308; Wagner-Camp 375; Wheat, Transmississippi West, pages IV:95-101.