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    With Möllhausen's Account of the Pueblo Indians

    Heinrich Baldwin Möllhausen. Tagebuch Einer Reise Vom Mississippi Nach den Kusten der Sudsee. Leipzig: Hermann Mendelssohn, 1858. Approximately 12 x 9 inches. Large, thick quarto. [28], 494, [2] pages. With sixteen plates (seven in color, six tinted, and three in black and white) and folding map inserted throughout. With half-title. Original gilt-stamped cloth front board, expertly rebacked and with a new green marbled paper rear board, edges also neatly refurbished. Some scattered foxing. Just 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.

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


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