Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992. Softbound. Color wraps. x, 237 pp. 8 color, 101 bw plates. VG- (light wear to block edges and wraps). Item #10583
The Great Surveys of the West from 1867 to 1879 were undertaken by the government, the Smithsonian, and private industry to facilitate land disputes, routes for wagon trains and railroads, settlement, tourism, and exploitation of natural resources. Moran's work with the Great Surveys, particularly of Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, were both accurate and eloquent. Includes chapters on Moran's aesthetic theory and background, landscape as metaphor, the Hayden geological survey of the territories (Yellowstone), the Northern Pacific Railroad, the publishing industry, the John Wesley Powell expedition (Grand Canyon), and the Mountain of the Holy Cross (Colorado). Also contains 37 pages of notes, 18-page bibliography, an index, and many illustrations throughout.