Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West - Wallace Stegner, Bernard DeVoto 1954 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition A fine first edition of Wallace Stegner’s epic work, with an introduction by Bernard DeVoto.

With a large folding panoramic frontispiece painting of the Grand Canyon by William H. Holmes, and illustrated throughout from engravings, paintings, sketches, maps, and photographs.

Stegner recounts the successes and frustrations of John Wesley Powell, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of Indian tribes of the American Southwest.

‘This book goes far beyond biography, into the nature and soul of the American West. It is Stegner at his best, assaying an entire era of our history, packing his pages with insights as shrewd as his prose.’ – Ivan Doig.

‘Wallace Stegner ... has summarized the frontier story and interpreted it as only one who was a part of it could do. The result is a memorable and rewarding book.’ – Hal Borland,
New York Times Book Review.
  Thick octavo (book size 21.7x14.3cm), pp. xxiii [3] 438. In publisher’s tan cloth, spine and front board lettered and ruled in gilt, map for front endpapers, blank rear endpapers. Dust jacket without price, as published.   Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to corners and edges, slightly heavier to spine ends, and evidence of former price label to tail of spine.   Ref: 109966   Price: HK$ 4,500