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The North American Journals Of Prince Maximilian Of Wied PRINCE MAXIMILIAN DU WIED

The North American Journals Of Prince Maximilian Of Wied



Publication: The Arthur H Clark Company, 2008-2012, Norman

First Editions. Three Volumes. #92 of Collectors Edition Limited to 175 Copies. Full Leather. Each Volume in Matching Cloth Slipcase, as Issued. Volume I: xlii, 467pp. 2008. Volume II: xxxiii, 571pp. 2010. Volume III: xxv, 512pp. 2012. Hundreds of Illustrations, many in Color. Produced in conjunction with the Margre H. Durham Center For Western Studies at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. Maximilian's North American Expedition of 1832-1834 was the first scientific exploration of the Missouri River's upper reaches since the Lewis & Clark Expedition almost 30 years earlier. Volume I covers the period of May 1832-April 1833; Volume II is April-September 1833; and Volume III is September 1833-August 1834. The illustrations include the classic aquatints created by Swiss artist, Karl Bodmer, who accompanied Maximilian as his expeditionary artist. "Few historical chronicles are as informative and eloquent as the journals written by Prince Maximilian of Wied as a record of his journey into the North American interior in 1833-34, following the route Lewis and Clark had taken almost thirty years earlier. Maximilian's memorable descriptions of topography, Native peoples, natural history, and the burgeoning fur trade were further brought to life through the now-familiar watercolors and prints of Karl Bodmer, the young Swiss artist who accompanied him. The first two volumes of the North American Journals recount the prince's journey from Europe to St. Louis, then up the Missouri some 2,500 river miles to the expedition's western endpoint, Fort McKenzie, in what is today Montana. In the third, and final, volume, Maximilian vividly narrates his extended stay at Fort Clark (near today's Bismarck, North Dakota) and his return journey eastward across America and on to his home in Germany. Despite subzero temperatures and a shortage of food at Fort Clark during the winter of 1833-34, Maximilian continued to study and interview the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians who lived nearby, recording descriptions of their social customs, religious rituals, languages, material culture, and art. This handsome, oversize volume not only reproduces the prince's historic document but also features every one of his illustrations ... nearly 100 in all, including several in color ... from the original journal, along with other watercolors, now housed at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.” - University of Oklahoma Press. This edition is the most thorough translation and presentation of Maximilian's journal ever produced. As New in original shipping boxes! Original prospectus laid-in.

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