THE SALTON SEA: AN ACCOUNT OF HARRIMAN'S FIGHT WITH THE COLORADO RIVER by George Kennan. Illustrated. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1917. 20.6x13.3 cm, pp. [1-10] [1-3] 4-105  [107-113: ads] [114-116: blank], seven inserted plates, other maps and diagrams in the text, original dark blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, all edges untrimmed. First edition. In 1900 irrigation canals diverted water from the Colorado River to provide water for farming in the Imperial Valley of Southern California. Between 1906 and 1907 the Colorado River flooded and its entire volume flowed into the Salton Basin, creating an inland sea. "The book ably presents the role of the Southern Pacific in the memorable fight against the Colorado River break in 1906-1907" (Edwards, The Enduring Desert, p. 142). "A concise and ably written account ..." (Farquhar). Farquhar, The Books of the Colorado River & the Grand Canyon 86. Rocq (1970) 2200. A bright, very good copy. (#166333).
"Published May, 1917" on copyright page.