Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1982. Limited Edition. 438pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] 1/2 brown cloth over tan cloth with the title gilt stamped on the backstrip. Housed in an illustrated slipcase. Very good. Gentle sunning to backstrip. Slipcase in better than very good condition. The large fold-out [21.5 cm x 98 cm] 'The Grand Canyon of the Colorado: Panorama looking east, south, and west from Point Sublime' by William H. Holmes present and in nice condition. This image is also used as the illustration on the slipcase. Item #7044
Signed and numbered by Stegner on the limitation page (which is also the half-title). This edition was limited to 250 copies, this is copy 166.
Stegner's excellent biography of Powell, and his explorations of the Colorado River and the Colorado Plateau, that contains a new Preface by Stegner. "Stegner points out the significance of Powell's thinking and writing on the problems of settlement of the arid lands of the West. The problem overcoming the denial of reality by people like William Gilpin, Captain Samuel Adams, and several members of Congress is an important part of the book. Stegner highlights the political maneuvering that was necessary for Powell to move his ideas forward when he was working as head of both the Geological Survey and the Bureau of Ethnology. If you want to know John Wesley Powell, read this book." - Ford 65.