Published by A.O.P. Nicholson, Washington for the House of Representatives in 1854. 286 pages of text followed by 68 plates, 1 hand colored fold out map of Louisiana attached to inside back cover also has a large tipped in hand colored fold-out geologic plate. Hardback with original blind stamped ornamental covers, spine with gilt letters. Faded signature of previous owner on inside front cover, pencil writing on front endpaper, straight red lines markings on outside of certain paragraphs in first quarter of book, minor foxing on 20-30 pages.