v. Egloffstein, F.W. and Heinrich Möllhausen (illus).
Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office. 1861.
Senate Edition. Decorative cloth-covered boards, 11 1/4 x 9 inches, 7 color lithographic plates of Native American Indians, 12 black and white engravings, 2 folding maps (No. 1 From mouth of Colorado to Head of Navigation, No. 2, From Head of Navigation to Fort Defiance), Profile (From the Big Sandy to the Colorado, north of the Needles), 8 panoramic views. Report in five parts: General Report (131 pp); Hydrographic Report (14 pp); Geological Report (154 pp.); Botany (30 pp); Zoology (6 pp); Appendices. Triangular water stain on plates running from the free edge to page bottom; 5 1/2 inches along the diagonal. The volume is basically disbound with the front cover and first two dozen pages detached from rest of text block. Discoloration and tears to several of these pages; one very short tear to each map. Front cover and spine badly abraded. A pair of tinted geological maps called for not present in Part III. Sold with all faults. The damp stain to the plates is a conundrum, as the text pages adjacent appear virtually undamaged. It is almost as if the plates were damaged prior to binding--admittedly an unlikely scenario. Equally strange, the eight scenic panoramas and the frontispiece maps, the work of F. W. v. Egloffstein, are undamaged. (Additional artwork by Heinrich Möllhausen.) There are seven color lithographic plates of indigenous Native Americans: the Cocopa, Yuma, Moqui, Navajo, etc. The volume is physically in poor condition, given the problems cited above. However it still has enormous power as a record of this expedition and the still amazing territory that it documents, powerfully brought to life in the many illustrations and maps. Item #50715