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    Rare Work Providing an Excellent Account
    of New Mexico's Pueblo Indians

    Balduin Möllhausen. Tagebuch Einer Reise vom Mississippi Nach den Küsten der Südsee. Leipzig: Hermann Mendelssohn, 1858. First edition. Quarto. Xiv, [1] half-title, [1] blank, 1-494, [2] explanation of folding map pages. German text. Folding map bound in back and 13 plates under tissue guards, some hand-colored and tinted; 10 woodcuts. Publisher's original cloth, rebacked. Titles stamped in gilt on the front board. Text block likely has been trimmed; blue cloth tape applied to the edges of the boards; endpapers replaced. Contents with moderate to heavy foxing, otherwise about very good.

    The most important work of this notable German artist and topographer, who accompanied several of the leading western surveys of the 1850s. This book describes his experiences with the Pacific Railroad survey under Lieutenant Amiel Whipple, investigating a potential route along the 35th parallel in 1853, which took the party across northern New Mexico and Arizona. The work is notable for its plates of the Pueblo Indians and Möllhausen's account of them. "...In addition to the account in journal form of his experiences as topographer of Whipple's surveying expedition in 1853, there is an account of his experiences in the West in 1851 on a trip from St. Louis to Laramie with Prince Paul of Wurttemberg" (Streeter). Möllhausen's career and the chronology of these expeditions are described in detail by Taft. The Tagebuch is extremely scarce in the marketplace.


    References: Howes M713, "B." Abbey 661. Wagner-Camp 305:1. Graff 2851. Sabin 49914. Streeter 3135. Wheat, Transmississippi 955. Taft, Artists & Illustrators Of The Old West, pages 22-35.


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