Lot 156

The Discovery of Yellowstone Park By Langford 1905

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For your consideration is this rare 1905 First Printing of this comprehensive insider's account of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition of 1870, which explored the region of northwestern Wyoming that became Yellowstone National Park. Nathaniel P. Langford was the first superintendent of the Park, but had no salary, funding, or legal means to enforce protection for Yellowstone's wildlife and geologic features. Thus, he had to earn his leaving elsewhere, and he entered the Park only twice during his five years as superintendent. During their explorations, members of the party made detailed maps and observations of the Yellowstone region, exploring numerous lakes, climbing several mountains, and observing wildlife. The expedition visited both the Upper & Lower Geyser Basins, naming Old Faithful because of its regular eruptions. Mt. Langford, in the Absaroka Range of Yellowstone, was named after him. This book is in good condition with 128 pages, 22 unnumbered leaves of plates including frontispiece portrait of Washburn, photographic portraits of expedition members, and maps. The original blue cloth bound cover is gold gilt embossed with a vignette of men and pack mule in red, spine and top edge are also in gold gilt. Cover has slight scuffing and slight foxing is noted to intact pages. Measures 5.75"W x 8.25"L