Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1901. Hardcover. 4to. Dark brown blind-ruled cloth with gilt spine lettering and front board gilt device. 464pp. Numerous full-page heavy stock illustrations (some color and tissue-guarded) and full-page maps (some partly color) and charts (some foldouts). Very good. Mild binding edgewear and bit of scuffing, else internally tight and near fine throughout. Item #46350
Attractive first edition of the first volume only (out of four) of this hefty study produced under the directorship of Charles D. Walcott. Part I consists of the "Director's Report and a Paper on Asphalt and Bituminous Rock Deposits" -- this latter George H. Eldridge's lengthy report on "The Asphalt and Bituminous Rock Deposits of the United States." Discreet ex-library, the only markings a faint number at spine base, small blind-embossed name on title page and small elegant bookplate of one of Illinois' oldest public libraries on front pastedown. Overall an exceptional and internally quite lovely copy.