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60. Clarence E. Dutton. “Geological Map of the Western Part of the Plateau Province. The Grand Cañon District. Atlas Sheet II” (New York: Julius Bien, 1882). Published in Atlas to Accompany the Monograph on the Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District (Washington, D.C.: Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey, 1882). Double-page color lithograph with fine bright color. 28 3/4 x 17 5/8" at neat line. Sheet size: 33 x 20". Old folds with several splits and minor corner losses; color is fine. Overall excellent.

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This marvelous map was published in 1882 in the Atlas to Accompany the Monograph on the Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District, which has been called the one of the greatest of all government-sponsored publications and a triumph of the chromolithographic technique. The project was instigated by the explorer John Wesley Powell while he served as the second director of the United States Geological Survey. The Tertiary History, written by Clarence Dutton, was perhaps the most distinguished geological study to be undertaken during Powell’s tenure. The atlas of maps and plates, which accompanied the Dutton’s monograph and in which the present map appeared, summarized what was known about the Canyon in the most striking visual manner. The map offered here demonstrates the manner in which Dutton presented Grand Canyon geology in this first attempt to map its stratigraphy. Strata are color-coded and presented on a scale of 16 miles to an inch. The map extends from northern Arizona up to the southern tip of the Great Salt Lake, but the geographic analysis is confined to the western portion of the Colorado Plateau. The Grand Canyon appears in the lower third of the map. Overall, this is a fine example from the one of the great documents of Western exploration.

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