Hardcover, New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1889. First Edition. Good with no dust jacket.
Sound binding and hinges. Pages tanned. Previous owner's name on front pastedown and on title page. Cloth over boards is tanned at spine with edge wear, bumped corners, and handling wear. Bright gilt and green illustration and lettering on front but faded at spine. Illustrated with black and white photographic plates, line drawn maps imbedded in text, and three foldout maps: physical map of Alaska (in color), glacial geology of the United States (black and white), and preglacial drainage of the Great Lakes (black and white). ; Author, George Frederick Wright (1838–1921), was an American geologist and a professor at Oberlin Theological Seminary who wrote prolifically, publishing works in geology, history, and theology. Early in his career he was an outspoken defender of Darwinism, and later in life he emphasized his commitment to a form of theistic evolution. This book is primarily geological in focus, although the final chapter turns to the age of the human race and its presence in North America. ; 9.25" tall; 622 pages.