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Lot 116

"Northwestern Wyoming & Yellowstone 1875", Jones

Estimate: $750 - $1,500

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For your consideration is this Rare First Edition Hardcover of "Northwestern Wyoming & Yellowstone 1875", by William A. Jones, Captain of Engineers, Government Printing Office,1875. "Report upon the Reconnaissance of Northwestern Wyoming Including Yellowstone National Park Made in the Summer Of 1873 by William A. Jones, Captain of Engineers, U. S. A. With Appendix." documents the Jones Expedition of 1873, a survey expedition completed during the summer of 1873 with the official purpose of finding a wagon route between the Union Pacific Railroad in the southern part of the Wyoming Territory and Yellowstone National Park. Captain William A. Jones led the expedition which included prominent scientists of the era, botanist, Charles Parry and geologist, Theodore Comstock as well chemists, topographers, astronomers, army infantry, eight wagons and 66 mules. The expedition was successful in discovering and documenting many features of western Wyoming including Togwotee Pass. Reflecting his intellectual bent and geological expertise, the report of his expedition of 1873, included not only elaborate topographical maps and a general descriptive journal but also separate sections on physical geography, meteorology, and the new Yellowstone route to Montana. Succeeding where others had failed, Jones found a passage through the high Absaroka Range near the head of Stinkingwater or Shoshone River. Entering the park near the creek that bears his name, he experienced the thrill of discovery where many previous explorers and adventurers had been thwarted by these imposing ridges. Of particular interest, Jones verified the existence of Two-Ocean Water, a place where, as Jim Bridger had for years insisted, water flowed simultaneously to both the Atlantic and the Pacific. This Rare Hardcover First Edition chronicles a remarkable era in the expansion of the American West and is a must have for all who love the grandeur and history of the American West. Provenance: University of Minnesota Library. Over 300 pages, over 50 folding lithograph maps & plans and a colour geological map; plans and illustrations in the text. Many of the maps are large trail maps. This brown cloth hardcover gold gilt book is in amazingly good condition in spite of celebrating 150 years of age. Gold gilt lettered spine is still visible though faded, spine appears to have been repaired, presumably by the university. Scuffing noted to cover edges, some fading to cover colour. Page edges exhibit tattering, age related tanning noted throughout, amazingly sparse foxing noted as well. Measures 5.75"W x 9.25"L x 1.75"D. Many maps in vary states of condition (many fair to poor). More maps than could photograph.*