MÖLLHAUSEN, Balduin (1825-1905)
Tagebuch einer Reise vorn Mississippi nach den Kusten der Sudsee von ... Möllhausen. Eingeführt von Alexander von Humboldt
Leipzig: Hermann Mendelssohn, 1858. Quarto. (12 x 9 1/4 inches). Half-title, title with wood-engraved vignette, 6pp. list of subscribers. Folding lithographed map printed in two colours with the route marked by hand, 14 plates (7 mounted chromolithographs, 6 tinted lithographs, 1 uncoloured wood-engraving), 8 wood-engraved illustrations (2 full page). (Some spotting).
Publisher's brown cloth, covers blocked in blind, the upper cover lettered in gilt, spine blocked in gilt, neatly rebacked retaining the original spine, modern endpapers
First edition of a south-western American classic.
Mollhausen served as the artist of the 1853 Pacific Railroad Survey expedition led by Lt. A. W. Whipple along the 35th parallel through New Mexico and Arizona. "Mollhausen's account is regarded as a more interesting description of the Whipple Expedition than that published in the official Survey Report" (Wagner-Camp). However, the work is best remembered for its beautiful plates, particularly the mounted chromolithographs on card depicting Native Americans and scenery of the Southwest.
Graff 2852; Howes M713; Sabin 49914; Siebert Sale 876; Streeter Sale 3135; Wagner-Camp 305:1; Wheat, MTW 955.