Mineral Resources of the United States

Reports Upon the Mineral Resources of the United States

J. Ross Browne and James W. Taylor

Published by U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1867.

First edition. 360 pages.

Original brown pebbled cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Index. Binding still good. Significant edgewear, particularly corners, on covers and spine. Top two inches of spine torn but still attached (see photo). Pages internally fine. Previous owners' names and bookplate under front cover.

A comprehensive report covering mining and mineral resources throughout the United States and territories. Browne gives an extensive historical sketch of gold and silver mining on the Pacific Slope, with specifics on Marshall's discovery, excitement abroad, various methods of mining (pan, rocker, ditches, the "Tom," sluice, etc.), a gold-dredging machine, wages, quartz mining, the hydraulic process, decline of river mining, the Kern River excitement, the Tuolumne Table Mountain, Rushes to Australia, the Fraser Fever, discovery of the Comstock Lode, the Washoe excitement, Virginia City, the Silver Panic, etc. He then covers the Mother Lode including mines, mining, and resources. The resources and mines of Nevada and the Comstock Lode are covered in detail, as well as resources and mining in Oregon, Washington Territory, Utah, Montana, Idaho and Arizona, including copper resources and districts; the discovery and manufacture of Borax; sulphur, tin and coal. Mining laws and miner's regulations are also discussed. Appended to Browne's report is a lengthy address by Edmund Randolph on the history of California from the discovery to the year 1849. The last section of this work is James W. Taylor's report on the mines east of the Rockies. This report and the expanded version of 1868 were the first in a series, later taken over by Rossiter W. Raymond.


Report Of J. Ross Browne On The Mineral Resources of the States and Territories West of the Rocky Mountains, Embracing a Descriptive and Statistical Exhibit of the Mines, Agriculture, Manufactures, Commerce and Miscellaneous Resources of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Alaska. Report of James W. Taylor on the Mineral Resources of the United States East of the Rocky Mountains. 

J. Ross Browne and James W. Taylor

Published by U.S Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1868.

First Edition. 746 pages.

Second of the series and expanded version of the 1867 report. Includes California by counties to page 298, Nevada to page 442, plus Arizona, Utah, Montana, Idaho, and the Pacific Northwest.

Franklin Institute markings and bookplate. Previous owner's name inked inside front cover. Binding firm. Pages internally very clean. Spine top chipped, cloth splitting along front hinge (see photo). Some edgewear to binding. Condition generally Good.