Washington: Government Printing Office, 1861.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Senate issue.pp 131; 154; 30; ; 31, ; complete with all plates (many colored), two large folding topographical maps, and many illustrations in the text. This copy does not include the two additional geological maps (not included in the List of Illustrations) found in some copies. Original cloth with blind-stamped decoration and steamship design in gilt on upper board. Corners rubbed/bumped, some restoration at the spine ends, spine lettering partially rubbed away. Internals near fine, binding sound, text and plates clean. Brief pencil inscription from James Dixon, U.S. Senator from CT, on front free endpaper. The Ives Expedition was sent to explore the Colorado River and determine the extent to which it was naviagble. Ives had a steamboat custom built and shipped to the west, led his party up the Colorado to the lower end of the Grand Canyon, and then traveled across the desert to Fort Defiance in Colorado. Farquhar (21) calls this report "one of the most desireable books in the Colorado River field, for it is the first that deals specifically with the river itself. Moreover, the illustrations are remarkable...two from photographs represent perhaps the first use of the camera in Arizona, certainly on the Colorado River....Ives and his staff added immensely to knowledge of the lower canyons, especially those now occupied by the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead." Howes I-92; Sabin 35308; Wagner Camp 375; Wheat 947, 948.