George Davidson -- pioneer west coast scientist. OSCAR LEWIS.

George Davidson -- pioneer west coast scientist. Berkeley and Los Angles: University of California Press, 1954. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii] viii [ix-x] [1] 2-146 [147-148: blank], illustrations, including frontispiece with tipped in color reproduction of a portrait of Davidson by William Keith, inserted folded map and endpaper maps, cloth. First edition. George Davidson (1825-1911) worked for the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1845 until 1895, mainly conducting triangulation and astronomical work on the Pacific Coast. The surveys included field work in the High Sierra, including the occupation of Mount Conness in the summer of 1890. See Farquhar, History of the Sierra Nevada, pp. 195-96. See George Davidson, "The Occupation of Mount Conness," Overland Monthly, February 1892, volume 19, issue 110, pp. 115-129. Lewis' book is largely a tribute that focuses on Davidson's scientific work, rather than a biography. It does contain a useful chronology and a bibliography of Davidson's published writings. There is not much here on his work in the Sierra Nevada. A very good copy in very good price-clipped dust jacket. (#157218).

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