Leipzig. 1858. ,494,pp. plus sixteen plates (seven in color, six tinted, and three in black and white) and folding map. Half title. Large, thick quarto. Original gilt-stamped cloth, expertly rebacked, edges neatly refurbished. Some scattered foxing, at times rather heavy, else just about very good. Item #WRCAM22649C
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 Lieut. 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 (ref). WAGNER-CAMP 305:1. GRAFF 2851. SABIN 49914. STREETER SALE 3135. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 955. Taft, ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATORS OF THE OLD WEST, pp.22-35.