Westward: The Epic Crossing of the American Landscape

Westward: The Epic Crossing of the American Landscape

by Gerald Roscoe, David Larkin
     
 

In the Early Nineteenth Century, the unknown and uncharted American West lured travelers and explorers from around the world. Today the fascination with this dramatic odyssey remains. The records of the expeditions by such legendary trailblazers as Lewis and Clark, Zebulon Pike, John Fremont, John Powell, and Jedediah Strong Smith - exist only in their notebooks,…  See more details below

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In the Early Nineteenth Century, the unknown and uncharted American West lured travelers and explorers from around the world. Today the fascination with this dramatic odyssey remains. The records of the expeditions by such legendary trailblazers as Lewis and Clark, Zebulon Pike, John Fremont, John Powell, and Jedediah Strong Smith - exist only in their notebooks, journals, and diaries. Westward re-creates these treacherous and inspiring journeys in an engaging combination of first-hand narratives and specially commissioned color photographs. Traveling through the heat and storms of the plains, the snows and heights of the mountains, the rapids and falls of the rivers, these explorers became pathfinders of the Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, and the California Trail. They also discovered the wonders of Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, the peaks of the Grand Tetons, and the Great Salt Lake. Following their original written documents and maps, David Larkin and Paul Rocheleau returned to the historic locations at the same times of the day and seasons of the year to photograph the sites (many still untouched by civilization) in grand views and minute details. The travelers' letters, notebooks entries, and autobiographies are woven throughout Gerald Roscoe's text, recapturing and rediscovering the challenging routes to the West. Not only do these writings illuminate history, but they are also exciting tales of adventure, hardship, courage, and human spirit. This photographic and written narrative both tells the story of "manifest destiny" and preserves the timeless beauty and allure of the magnificent land.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Recreating the trailblazing expeditions of Lewis and Clark, John Fremont, Zebulon Pike and other explorers, this magnificent album celebrates the beauty and still-untamed spirit of the American West. Among the 20 exploits documented are trader-trapper Jacob Fowler's opening of the Santa Fe Trail in 1821; intrepid, one-armed John Wesley Powell's 1869 trek through the Grand Canyon; and the first emigrant party to California in 1841, led by Kansas schoolteacher John Bidwell and Ohio adventurer Nicholas Dawson. The text by freelance journalist Roscoe (author of four books on Buddhism) weaves historical narrative with excerpts from the explorers' journals, letters, notebooks and autobiographies, as well as their original maps. Spectacular photographs by Larkin and Rocheleau (who collaborated on Farm and American Colonial) capture historic locations at the times of day and seasons of the year corresponding to the pioneers' journeys. This is a distinctive gift book. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885254092
Publisher:
The Monacelli Press
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.29(h) x 1.09(d)

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