Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1874. 43rd Congress, 1st Session, House Document No. 290. Hardcover. 8vo. 90pp. With six large folding maps at rear and one small folding chart in the text. Brown pebbled cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Minor wear to extremities; owner name, slight fading to gilt lettering else a near fine copy of the scarce first major report on water in California. Item #9337
This study predates by four years John Wesley Powell's classic monograph, 'Report on the Lands of the Arid Regions of the U.S. (1878). The maps in this Report include two folding rain charts, a large chart of the San Joaquin and Kings River Canal, and an outstanding color 'Map of the San Joaquin, Sacramento and Tulare Valleys' (prepared by the Army Corps of Engineers, 25x26 in.) which almost encompasses the entire state, showing all topographic detail as well as surface water, canals, towns, etc. Marks the beginning of a long relationship between the Federal government and the State in investigating water use (current and projected). and the Report anticipated large-scale irrigation projects in California (especially the Central Valley Project).