The North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied: May 1832 - April 1833

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Made famous through the paintings of Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, the North American expedition of German naturalist Prince Maximilian of Wied in 1832–34 was the first scientific exploration of the Missouri River’s upper reaches since the epic journey of Lewis and Clark almost thirty years earlier. Maximilian’s journal has never been presented fully in English—until now. This collector’s-quality, oversized volume, the first of a three-volume set, draws on the Maximilian-Bodmer ...
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Overview


Made famous through the paintings of Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, the North American expedition of German naturalist Prince Maximilian of Wied in 1832–34 was the first scientific exploration of the Missouri River’s upper reaches since the epic journey of Lewis and Clark almost thirty years earlier. Maximilian’s journal has never been presented fully in English—until now. This collector’s-quality, oversized volume, the first of a three-volume set, draws on the Maximilian-Bodmer Collection at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

The North American Journals offer an incomparable view of the upper Missouri and its Native peoples at a pivotal moment in the history of the American West. This meticulous account, newly translated with extensive modern annotation, faithfully reproduces Maximilian’s 110 drawings and watercolors as well as his own notes, asides, and appendices. Volume I, which covers May 1832 to April 1833, documents Maximilian’s voyage to North America and his first encounters with Indians upon reaching the West. This is an essential resource for nineteenth-century western American history and a work of lasting value.

This book is published with the assistance of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806138886
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 15.00 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen S. Witte is Editor for the Maximilian Journals Project of the Margre H. Durham Center for Western Studies, Joslyn Art Museum.

Marsha V. Gallagher, Curatorial Advisor for the Durham Center, has curated numerous exhibitions of western American art and is coauthor of Karl Bodmer's Eastern Views.

William J. Orr was a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department.

Dieter Karch is Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword John Wilson Wilson, John

Editorial Acknowledgments Stephen S. Witte Witte, Stephen S. Marsha V. Gallagher Gallagher, Marsha V.

Editorial Procedures Stephen S. Witte Witte, Stephen S.

A Note on the Translation Dieter Karch Karch, Dieter Stephen S. Witte Witte, Stephen S.

A Brief Description and History of the Maximilian-Bodmer Collection and the Maximilian Journals Project Marsha V. Gallagher Gallagher, Marsha V.

An Introduction to Maximilian, Prince and Scientist Paul Schach Schach, Paul

List of Abbreviations

I Voyage from Europe to Boston 3

II Stay in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia 43

III Sojourn in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Excursions into the Surrounding Region 90

IV Journey from Bethlehem in Pennsylvania to New Harmony on the Wabash 154

V Four-and-a-Half Months' Stay in New Harmony 204

VI Journey from New Harmony on the Wabash to St. Louis on the Mississippi and Stay There 333

Addenda

1 Catalogus Plantarum in Monte Pocono 393

2 Samples of Some American Indian Languages 395

3 Temperatures on the Wabash 402

4 Natural History Specimens Sent from America 406

5 Distances Traveled 409

6 Names of Indian Tribes 409

7 Local Names of North American Trees and Shrubs 410

8 Rivers and Creeks 412

9 Plants Viewed by Mr. v. Schweinitz in the Poconos 413

10 Index 417

Bibliography 419

Index of Flora and Fauna 429

General Index 453

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