Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution, for the years 1853-1887, 1889-1893, 1895, 1904, 1906, 1909-1916, 1926-27, & 1929. In 54.
Numerous text-figures, plates, & folded maps (some colored). Most are thick 8vo, 40 vols. are are in contemporary red half-morocco over marbled boards w/ raised bands on spines, 1 is in original black cloth, & the remaining 13 are in original green cloth w/ gilt decoration to spine (morocco rubbed or worn through in a few places; several small abrasions; tips of some corners worn through; short split to leather at upper end of spine in 2 vols.; bump to upper edge of pp. in 2 vols.; sticker residue to front cover of black cloth-bound vol.; inner hinges of vols. in green cloth wobbly w/ a few cracked; dampstain to a corner of 1 volume, upper margin of boards & a short section of text block in another; 1 volume w/ apparent water damage to boards & pp. resulting in stiffness & wrinkling, though there is no obvious staining & text is perfectly legible; occasional browning to pp., heavy in a few vols.; overall, this set is very good minus to very good, w/ pp. very good or better).
These annual reports contain a wealth of important papers on topics ranging from botany, astronomy, meteorology, anthropology, ethnology (especially Native American), chemistry, physics, palaeontology, zoology, biographies, etc. Darwin's 1-page "Queries About Expression for Anthropological Inquiry" is included in the report for 1867. ***Shipping will be extra on this set***
Publisher Information: Washington: Government Printing Office, 1854-1930.
Edition: First Edition
Condition: Very Good
Book Id: 55405