Two Volumes paired set:
Water Power of Maine (1869) and Provisional Report Upon the Water Power of Maine (1868) by Walter Wells, Superintendent Hydrographic Survey of Maine.
Written three and four years after the end of the American Civil War, these volumes share geographical, topographical, and meteorological conditions of Maine; information on the principal river systems of Maine; secondary or seaboard systems of Maine, and more.
Both volumes are bound in original brown cloth with gold gilt writing. In good antiquarian condition with some signs of wear, particularly at the tops of the spines. The 1869 Water Power of Maine volume has a tear in the cloth along the front hinge of the cover and spine. The bindings of both books remain secure. Fold out maps are present in each volume and appear in Very Good Condition.
Details of each book:
Provisional Report Upon the Water-Power of Maine
Printed by Augusta: Stevens and Sayard, Printers to the State, 1868. 327 pages with a few illustrations and one fold-out map.
The Water Power of Maine
Published by Augusta : Sprague, Owen & Nash, printers to the state, 1869.
vii, 526 pages, frontispiece, plates : fold out map.
Wood-engraved frontispiece, 19 wood-engraved plates and folding hand-colored map of "River Systems of Maine" by cartographer J.H. Colton (Joseph Hutchins Colton)
Engravings are from drawings and sketches by George P. Morse, and the plates include views of waterfalls and dams in Rumford, Augusta, Baldwin, Brunswick, East Machias, Ellsworth, Skowhegan, and more.