A Canyon Voyage by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, First Edition, 1908

Dellenbaugh, Frederick S. A Canyon Voyage: The Narrative of the Second Powell Expedition down the Green-Colorado River from Wyoming, and the Explorations on Land, in the Years 1871 and 1872. New York: Putnam, 1908.

Presented in the first edition of Frederick Dellenbaugh's A Canyon Voyage. The book was published in 1908 and is an interesting look at the west from an prominent American explorer, artist, and assistant topographer. The book is richly illustrated with a color frontispiece and numerous plates from original photographs taken while on his Colorado River expedition with John Wesley Powell.

In 1871, seventeen year old Frederick S. Dellenbaugh joined Major John Wesley Powell and a crew of scientists on Powell's second Colorado River expedition into the Grand Canyon. Dellenbaugh served as the expedition's artist and assistant topographer and helped to prepare the first map of the Grand Canyon. These were the last great stretches of land and river still unknown in the continental United States. Powell, Dellenbaugh, and the rest of the group spent several years exploring the area surrounding the Grand Canyon, noting its geologic features, flora and fauna, and observing its Native Americans inhabitants. A Canyon Voyage chronicles this historic expedition and provides a detailed account of Powell and Dellenbaugh’s historic journey. 

Dellenbaugh's experiences on this journey gave him a life-long appreciation for the American West, leading him to publish a number of books on the region, as well as paint primarily western themes. His adventure on the Green and Colorado rivers also bred a taste for further exploration: he joined the Harriman expedition to Alaska and Siberia, and also traveled to Iceland, Norway, the West Indies, and on the Amazon River. Dellenbaugh was a cofounder and lifetime member of the Explorers Club, served on the board of directors for the Eastern Association on Indian Affairs, and was the American Geographical Society's librarian from 1909-1911.


Very good condition. Octavo. Slight wear to binding. Paper is healthy. One small stub tear to one map, slight darkening of a couple pages where a newspaper clipping or map were laid in. Presented in original pictorial cloth boards, top edge gilt. Design on the front is after a design by the author.

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