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Texas, California, the Southwest U.S., Mexico & the Borderlands:
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Lot 63

"One of the best travel books of the age"—Goetzmann
With a Lithograph of texas Kiowa encampment

63. MÖLLHAUSEN, B. Diary of a Journey from the Mississippi to the Coasts of the Pacific with a United States Government Expedition. By Baldwin Möllhausen Topographical Draughtsman and Naturalist to the Expedition. With an Introduction by Alexander von Humboldt and Illustrations in chromolithography. Translated by Mrs. Percy Sinnett. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts , 1858. Vol. I: [iii]-xxx, [2], 352 pp., folding map, frontispiece, 5 other colored plates, 1 woodcut plate. Vol. II: [iii]-x [2], 397 [1], [2] pp., frontispiece, 4 other colored plates, 11 woodcut plates (the colored and tinted plates after Möllhausen’s art work were lithographed by Hanhart). 2 vols. in one, 8vo, recent three-quarter brown mottled calf, spines with red and black leather labels, raised bands. Mild age toning to text, else a fine set, the plates very fine and with excellent color.


Map Illustrating Baldwin Mollhausen's Travels from the Mississippi to the Coast of the Pacific, in the years 1853--1854. [Red ink line] Mollhausen's Route. London, Longman & Co. Engraved by Edwd Weller, Duke Strt, Bloomsbury. 44.7 x 19.6 cm (17-5/8 x 7-3/4 inches). Trail marked in red; coast waters tinted blue. Inset showing region of the Arkansas and Missouri Rivers to longitude west 105°, latitude north 42° 30". Another inset showing profile Section from Ft. Smith to the Pacific Ocean.

     First edition in English. Braislin 1326. Cowan II, p. 435. Farquhar, Books of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 19. Field 1080. Graff 2849. Holliday 789. Howell, California 50:163: Howes M713. Littell 744. Mintz, The Trail 582. Norris 2544. Plains & Rockies IV:305. Rader 2418. Sabin 49915. Streeter Sale 3134. Taft, Artists and Illustrators of the Old West, Chapter II & p. 22 et seq. Wheat, Books of the Gold Rush 145. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 956. Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region 268n.

     This work by one of the principal artists connected with the Pacific Railroad Surveys contains an account of Whipple's expedition to survey a railroad route to the Pacific. Goetzmann calls this book "one of the best travel books of the age" and notes that the author became known as the "German Fenimore Cooper" for his works of fiction. This classic account of the American West with its unusually beautiful plates of the Southwest, including one Texas plate, Camp of the Kioway Indians.($1,500-3,000)

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