Publication: Government Printing Office, 1876, Washington
First edition. 8vo. Senate Ex. Doc No. 51, 44th Congress, 1st Session, 1876. 9" x 6" printed wrappers, , 71 pp., introduction, illustrated, folding map. Large folding map is done by Dr. Valentine T. McGillycuddy as topographer, who was part of the scientific group led by Professor Walter P. Jenney. The map is titled "U. S. Geological and Geographic Survey of the Black Hills, 1875." The map is in near fine condition. The Custer Expedition into the Black Hills in 1874 provided reports on gold that were based on information and activities of the practical miners, rather than from information and observations by the geologist who accompanied the Custer Expedition. Because of the need for more detailed information in 1875 Professor Jenney and a group of scientists, entered the Black Hills from Fort Laramie and conducted a comprehensive examination of the area. This preliminary report is the result because the Senate wanted information quickly about gold in the area. Herd 1170 says "Has a section on stock raising." The mineral wealth, climate and annual rainfall, and natural resources are covered in depth. Rear cover and spine reinforced with old cellophane tape, a small chip to the head of spine, else interior text block clean and tight for an overall very good copy of a rare item.
Inventory Number: 43978