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THE GRAND CANON
A Worldwide Bibliography of the Grand Canyon and Lower Colorado River Regions in the United States and Mexico
THE GRAND CANON is a unique bibliography containing 90,000 categorized and augmented citations of publications from around the world in 95 languages, with extensive background and supporting information. It is a bibliographical canon for the Grand Canyon and Colorado River regions in Arizona, Nevada, California, Baja California, and Sonora, including the Colorado River delta and adjacent upper Gulf of California. Publications cited here were produced between ca. 1535 and 2018.
On this website the entire volume of more than 11,700 pages is divided into its 32 subject-specific parts, plus front matter and a special nomenclatural appendix. Each part, as well as other texts in this volume, can be downloaded as a PDF file. Many users will prefer this divided presentation because of the widely different subjects covered by the bibliography. All files are extracts from the full volume, retaining original pagination and layout.
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The 4th Edition (1535-2021) is in preparation and now has more than 105,000 citations in 112 langages. Release is planned for January 2022.
This new edition will also be accompanied by the 2nd Edition of the accompanying Cartobibliography of the Grand Canyon and Lower Colorado River Regions, and by an accompanying, more formally produced, compilation, Grand Canyon, Colossal Mirror: The Term "Grand Canyon" as Used in Geographical Nomenclature, Analogy, Metaphor, and Neology.
The currently available 3rd Edition of THE GRAND CANON commemorates the 2019 Centennial of Grand Canyon National Park and the Sesquicentennial of John Wesley Powell's first Colorado River expedition. Until the 4th Edition is completed, users may see many of the newer additions and emendations by consulting the "Supplement and Statistics" tab at the top of the screen.
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Additional material includes essays relating to the craft of bibliography and the usefulness of monographic bibliographies even in the digital age.
Taking advantage of the digital format, navigation within THE GRAND CANON is aided by embedded hyperlinks, though they are not essential for general use or browsing or if using pages printed from this volume. Within each separately posted part on this website, the hyperlinks within that part, and to external sites on the web, are functional, but hyperlinks to other parts of THE GRAND CANON do not operate. Hyperlinks within the single contiguous volume, accessible through the link above, are fully functional throughout.
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RAVEN'S PERCH COLOPHON
The perched-raven colophon of Raven’s Perch Media recalls this bird’s habit of gathering and caching objects, not to mention its mischieviously intelligent interactions with its kind and humans alike.
Detail from “Camp – Colorado Plateau”. By Heinrich Balduin Möllhausen. Lithograph by J. J. Young, after original artwork by Möllhausen. (Joseph C. Ives, Report Upon the Colorado River of the West, Explored in 1857 and 1858, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1861, [Part I] General Report, Plate VII.) The complete plate is shown below.
“Granite Falls.─Kaibab Division.─Grand Cañon.”
By Thomas Moran. Engraved by H. H. Nichols. (Clarence E. Dutton, Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District, U.S. Geological Survey Monograph 2, 1882, Plate XXXI.)
NEW!! As of March 2021, Part 25 ("General Maps") of THE GRAND CANON has been superseded by the 1st Edition of the separately available CARTOBIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE GRAND CANYON AND LOWER COLORADO RIVER REGIONS OF THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO. See the "Cartobibliography" tab at the top of this page for details, and to download that document.
An enlarged, revised, and reformatted 2nd Edition of the Cartobibliography is planned for January 2022, to coincide with the planned release of the Fourth Edition of THE GRAND CANON (see frame to the left).
QUICK LIST OF INDIVIDUAL PARTS OF THE GRAND CANON
Front Matter (these sections and others can be downloaded through tabs at the top of the page)
Introduction to Content and Coverage
Surveys and Commentaries
SEE UNDER "THE BIBLIOGRAPHY" TAB AT TOP OF PAGE TO DOWNLOAD INDIVIDUAL PARTS, OR DOWNLOAD FULL VOLUME THROUGH THE BUTTON IN THE FRAME TO THE LEFT
MANY PARTS ARE SUBDIVIDED AND/OR HAVE APPENDICES (SEE THE DETAILED TABLE OF CONTENTS LINK FARTHER BELOW)
1 Bibliographical Publications
General and Particular-Interest Subjects
2. General Publications—Historical, geographical, social, cultural, biographical, popular, and commonplace works
3. The New York Times
5. Publications For People With Disabilities
6. Publications For and By Youth and Young Adults
9. Travel and Trail Guides
10. Colorado River Guides
Specialized Material About the Lower Colorado River Region (below Grand Canyon)—SEPARATE-COVERAGE GROUP
11. Environment, Natural History, and Special Scientific, Technical, or Cultural Issues
12. Water Supply, Management, and Policy
13. Administrative and Management Issues
14. Sociology, Recreation, Education, Economics, and Related Subjects
15. Health and Safety
16. Archaeology and Cultural Resources
17. Native Americans
Environmental, Biological and Earth Sciences
18. Physical Environment
19. Biology and Ecology
20. Glen Canyon Environmental Studies Program
21. Geology and Paleontology
22. Hydrogeology of the Colorado River
23. Geological Field Guides
24. Geologic and Topographic Maps
Graphic, Audio and Digital Media
25. General and Specialized Maps [also see note at top of this frame]
26. Audio-Visual Works
27. Audio Works and Musical Scores
28. Separate Imagery
29. Computer and Interactive Media
30. Book Reviews and Similar Notices
31. Newspaper Guide