MORAN, Thomas (1837-1926) - DUTTON, Captain Clarence E. (1841-1912). Atlas to Accompany the Monograph on the Tertiary History of the Grand Canon District. Washington: Department of the Interior, 1882.
Folio (20 x 17 4/8 inches). Lithographed title-page, 15 MAGNIFICENT double-page colour tinted lithographed views of the Grand Canyon, including one after Thomas Moran, based on a sketch by Holmes, and 9 after William H.Holmes plates, 11 double-page colour printed lithographed maps, and 2 uncoloured maps. Original publisher's brown cloth (shaken, worn and stained, spine strengthened with linen tape).
Moran' famous painting"The Grand Cañon of the Yellowstone" (1872) was the first landscape the government hung in the Capitol, was purchased in June 1872, just three months after Congress voted to establish the Yellowstone area as the country's first national park. By 1873 Moran was in demand as an exploration artist. His work had been widely published, and The Grand Cañon of the Yellowstone had been favorably reviewed in newspapers and journals.
Dutton's early field work centered on the Colorado Plateau. Out of it came a trilogy of related studies: Report on the Geology of the High Plateaus of Utah (1880), the Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District (1882), and Mount Taylor and the Zuñi Plateau (1886). His description of this erosion-sculpted terrain enshrined Dutton, along with Powell and G. K. Gilbert, into the founding pantheon of geomorphology and the "American school" of geology. "Most spectacularly, along with Powell, Dutton virtually defined the meaning of the Grand Canyon for American civilization. According to his biographer, Wallace Stegner, "Dutton is almost as much the genius loci of the Grand Canyon as Muir is of Yosemite. And though it is Powell's monument to which the tourists walk after dinner to watch the sunset from the South Rim, it is with Dutton's eyes, as often as not, that they see" (, pp. 173-74)." (Stephen J. Pyne for ANB).