Washington, D.C. U.S. Government. 1856.
Volume IV. 59 black and white lithographic plates, very large folding diagram (botanical profile), appendeces, 11 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches, embossed cloth covered boards. Rear cover detached, front joint beginning to split, text block beginning to crack at a couple of signatures but generally tight, library withdrawal stamp on front free endpaper, about half the plates are toned (images here show one examples of one clean and one toned plate), profile is in very good condition with no fold splits. This is a fascinating volume for the botanist, with much on cacti and also Californian plants. It contains Part V "Report on the Botany of the Expedition" and Part VI "Report on the Zoology of the Expedition" of the Whipple and Ives Expedition Report (the other parts are in volume III - Report of a Survey near the 35th Parallel from the Mississippie River to the Pacific Ocean). Part V is composed of the following parts: No. 1 General Description of the Botanical Character of the Country by J.M. Bigelow (11 sections including #1 Napoleon, on the Mississippi, to Fort Smith, Arkansas; #7. San Francisco Valley; #11 Los Angeles Valley). No. 2 Description of Forest Trees by J.M. Bigelow (including Forest Trees along the Route Traversed and Descriptions of Valuable or Remarkable California Forest Trees); No. 3 Description of the Cactaceae; No. 4 Descriptions of the General Botanical Collections by John Torrey; No. 5 Description of the Mosses and Liverworts by W.S. Sullivant. There are 24 plates of cacti, 25 general botanical plates, and 10 plates of mosses and liverworts, plus a very large folding "Botanical Profile representing the Forest Trees Along the route explored by Lieut. A.W. Whipple, Corps of Topl. Engrs. near the Parallel of 35 North Latitude 1853-1854 from Fort Smith to San Pedro. Prepared by J.M. Bigelow, M.D. Botanist to the expedition" - a beautifully rendered profile with little color pictographs of 42 different species from Yucca to California oak. Part VI is the relatively brief Field Notes and Explanations by C.B.R. Kennerly. Item #33275