A.A. Humphreys, Chief of Engineers until June 1879; succeeded by H.G. Wright.
For full contents see National union catalog, pre-1956 imprints, volume 618, pages 531-532, and the atlas collation by GIlbert Thompson in P.L. Phillips, A list of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C. : G.P.O., 1909), pages 705-713.
In addition to the 2 atlases named, maps based on the maps of the Topographical atlas were issued as Land classification series, and special maps (not accompanying reports) showing the results of some preliminary reconnaissance or of some survey of an area of peculiar interest were issued irregularly.
Volume 7 includes 40 vocabularies of Western Indian languages.
Volume 5, Chapter 3 also issued separately as: Report upon the ornithological collections made in portions of Nevada, Utah, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, during the years 1871, 1872, 1873, and 1874 / by H.W Henshaw.
"Published by authority of ... the Secretary of War in accordance with acts of Congress of June 23, 1874, and February 15, 1875."
Errata slip tipped-in following title page to volume 3.
Some volumes published out of numerical order.
"12 photolithographs (heavily retouched), 3 chromolithographs. The photographs are by T.H. O'Sullivan and William Bell. These views, typical of the toned photolithographs published in Government reports, are striking scenes of the Western landscape, translated to this medium with a great deal of graphic richness. This title is also of prime importance because it lists every photographer for every one of the Government's surveys"--Hanson Collection catalog, page 100.
Atlas includes plates lithographed by J. Bien; illustrations by Weyss, Herman & Mahlo; Weyss, Herman & Aguirre; and Weyss, Herman & Lang; and photo-lithography by the Graphic Co. of 39 & 41 Park Place, N.Y.
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SCNHRB copy is incomplete, having only: volumes 1-4 (v. 1: 39088002993756, v. 2: 39088002993764, v. 3: 39088002993772), two incomplete copies of volume 5 including copy 1, volume 5, chapters 4-5 only (39088002993798); copy 2, volume 5, chapters 1, 4-5 only (39088007450398); and a portfolio of some of the folio plates from the two atlases (39088007725617).
SCNHRB incomplete copy of the atlas has loose plates housed in an archival paperboard portfolio with linen cloth spine and printed paper cover label. The portfolio houses 31 plates (some color, some encapsulated, some "2nd ed."), including two copies of the title leaf from the Geological atlas, with the vignette of the headlands of Paria Creek, Arizona; one leaf of "Conventional signs;" one leaf of "Conventional signs for triangulation, outline and topographical plots of atlas sheets;" one leaf of the "Progress map of lines and areas of explorations and surveys ...;" two copies of the leaf of "Restored outline of Lake Bonneville;" atlas sheet numbers 49; 50 (2 copies); 58; 59; 65; 66; combined insets from 58 and 66 (2 copies); 67 (3 copies); 70(A) (2 copies); 70 (C) (2 copies); 75 (2 copies); 76 (2 copies); combined insets from 69(B), 69(D), 77(B),and 78(A) (2 copies); 83 (2 copies).
SCNHRB copy volume 1-3 has bookplates of Jonathan Dwight Jr. and Smithsonian Institution Libraries, gift of Marcia Brady Tucker.
SCNHRB copy inscribed in ink on front free endpaper of volume 2: E.O. Matthews 8/30/89
SCNHRB copy 1 of volume 5 has  leaves of handwritten notes laid-in. Stamped on title page: S.C. Brown. Copy 2 of volume 5 has typescript title page and is lacking the preliminaries up to page 15.
SCNHRB copy in brown cloth binding, title in gilt on spine; volumes 1-3 housed in a drop-back linen boxes; volume 2 with binder's ticket: A.E. Foote, M.D., Philadelphia, Pa. Volume 5, copy 1 in brown cloth binding, title stamped in gilt on front cover; housed in an archival cardboard portfolio; volume 5, copy 2 is quarter bound in old brown cloth (with title in gilt on spine) and later green marbled boards, marbled edges.