REPORT OF J. ROSS BROWNE ON THE MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE STATES AND TERRITORIES WEST OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1868. 22.5x14.5 cm (octavo), pp. [1-4] [1-3] 4-674 [1-2] [1-3] 4-71 , publisher's brown pebbled cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. The second of book of a series, the second of two by Browne and Taylor (the first was REPORTS UPON THE MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE UNITED STATES, BY SPECIAL COMMISSIONERS J. ROSS BROWNE AND JAMES W. TAYLOR published in 1867), which was taken over by Rossiter W. Raymond in 1869. "The 1868 report (covering mining of 1867) contains vital Nevada information on pages 298-431 ... Indispensable primary source material on early Nevada mining" (Paher 223). The extensive section on California resources, pages 12-298, largely devoted to metals but also considering agricultural and forest land, includes summaries of mining activity on the eastern slope of Sierra Nevada in Inyo and Mono counties, pages 175-179. A 72-page report by James W. Taylor is appended to Browne's report. Browne's work was continued and considerably expanded as RESOURCES OF THE PACIFIC SLOPE. A STATISTICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY OF THE MINES AND MINERALS, CLIMATE, TOPOGRAPHY, AGRICULTURE, COMMERCE, MANUFACTURES, AND MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTIONS, OF THE STATES AND TERRITORIES WEST OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. WITH A SKETCH OF THE SETTLEMENT AND EXPLORATION OF LOWER CALIFORNIA. By J. Ross Browne, Aided by a Corps of Assistants (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1869). Some fade to cloth, mostly spine panel, some signature tanned (paper, not abuse), a very good copy. A nice copy of this seminal work on the mineral resources of the western United States. (#172716).
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