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Cordilleras. King, Clarence, 1876

Cordilleras. / King, Clarence / 1876
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Full Title: Cordilleras.

Author: King, Clarence

Date: 1876

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Full David Rumsey Map Collection Catalog Record:

Author: King, Clarence

Date: 1876

Short Title: Cordilleras.

Publisher: New York: Julius Bien

Type: Atlas Map

Object Height cm: 67

Object Width cm: 52

Scale 1: 3,801,600

Note: Map in what came to be known as "plastic shading." The development of halftone lithography made this technique possible. The technique depicts surface features by brush shading rather than the more conventional hachuring. The map is in brown tones with the index maps highlighted in red.

Reference: P1280; Wheat 1270; Schwartz & Ehrenberg p. 307.

State / Province: U.S. West

Subject: Geology

Full Title: Cordilleras.

List No: 0408.001

Series No: 4

Engraver or Printer: Freyhold, E.

Published In: Engineer Department U.S.A. Geological and Topographical Atlas Accompanying the Report of the Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel Made by the Authority of the Honorable Secretary of War under the direction of Brig. and Brvt. Major General A.A. Humphreys, Chief of Engineers U.S.A. by Clarence King, U.S. Geologist in Charge, 1876. Julius Bien Lith.

Publication Author: King, Clarence

Publication Date: 1876

Publication Reference: P1280; Wheat 1270; Schwartz & Ehrenberg p. 307.

Publication Note: Magnificent, huge atlas showing the area of the 40th Parallel Survey in topographical and geological maps. Wheat notes: "These are pioneer survey maps, and as such are most interesting. Mapping the West in so broad a cross-section had never before been attempted, a portent of things to come." King, at the age of 25, was made Geologist-in-charge of the Survey in 1867. He was formally ordered "to examine and describe the geological structure, geographical condition and natural resources of a belt of country extending from the 120th meridian eastward to the 105th meridian, along the 40th parallel of latitude with sufficient expansion north and south to include the lines of 'Central' and 'Union Pacific' railroads..." (Wheat). The topographical sheets depict features by brush shading rather than hachuring. In original binding -rare. Bound in green half leather with a label on the front, "Geological and Topographical Atlas Accompanying the Report of the Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel. Clarence King, Geologist in Charge."

Publication List No: 0408.000

Publication Type: Geologic Atlas

Publication Maps: 11

Publication Height cm: 84

Publication Width cm: 63

Image No: 0408001

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