Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West by Wallace Stegner. With a magnificent 8 panel fold-out of "The Grand Canyon of the Colorado: Panorama looking east, south, and west from Point Sublime," by William H. Holmes. Introduction by Bernard DeVoto. Houghton Mifflin Company. The Riverside Press. 1954. Hard cover with dust jacket. DUST JACKET: Has wear on the edges. A bit of heavy wear and corner fold on the tip of inside flap. No missing pieces. Not price-clipped but with no printed price. Now protected by a new removable mylar dj cover. BOOK: Gilt lettering on the front cover and spine are somewhat faded. Slightly cocked. Some cover edge wear. There is a black soiling inside and outside the covers consistent with with dust jacket having been covered with an old institutional mylar protector with the black edging. This mylar cover has been replaced. The front endpapers are a map showing the Plateau Province and the surrounding areas. Front endpapers with remnents of institutional library check-out and cataloging, former bookseller's label and partially erased bookseller's pencil price. On the half-title page is a gold community library label. There is gouging on the top edge of the front end paper and half-title page. The panorama frontispiece has two panels with unpublished folding which may have caused a bit of warping to the rest of the frontispiece. Otherwise, I do not find flaws in the book. Pages are flat without previous owner marking. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. CK16a
I do not know if this is a first printing. Usually books printed by Riverside Press state first edition or printing if that is what they are. This does not have that. Nor does it have a published price on the dust jacket. It does have corresponding '1954' dates on the the title and copyright pages which for many publishers is an indication of first printing.
"John Wesley Powell's most dramatic achievement was his leadershipnof the first expedition to descend the Gren and Colorado Rivers through all their canyons, including the Grand Canyon, in 1869 and again in 1871-72. Exiting as this voyage was, however, Powell's great contribution to the country was his lifelong struggle to organize and encourage the participation of the government in scientific studies of the nation. ....father nof the Geological Survey which is still, today, mapping the United States...He was, as well, the founder of thew Ameriucan Bureau of American Ethnology, which first brought system to the study of the Indian tribes..." from a blurb on the dust jacket.