MÖLLHAUSEN, Heinrich Balduin (1825-1905)
Tagebuch einer Reise vom Mississippi nach den Kusten der Sudsee
Leipzig: Hermann Mendelssohn, 1858. Large, thick quarto. (12 x 9 1/4 inches). Half-title, title with wood-engraved vignette,.,494,pp. plus sixteen plates (seven in color, six tinted, and three in black and white) and a folding map. 6pp. list of subscribers. Folding lithographed map printed in two colours with the route marked by hand.
Original gilt-stamped cloth, expertly re-backed, edges neatly refurbished. Some scattered foxing,
The artist/author's most important work.
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.
Abbey 661 (ref); Graff 2851; Howes M713, "b"; Sabin 49914; Streeter Sale 3135; Taft, Artists & Illustrators of the Old West, pp.22-35; Wagner-Camp 305:1; Wheat, Transmississippi 955.