Maximilian, Prince of Wied; LLOYD, H. Evans (trans.)
Prince Maximilian (1782-1867), whose celebrated military career ended with the Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, traveled to America in 1832, intending to study and report on the flora and fauna of the interior. Instead, he concentrated on describing the culture, language, customs, and appearance of the indigenous people he encountered along the way. Maximilian's work become well known for his thorough study of the Mandan tribe in particular. Of interest is his description of one of the most important ceremonies of the Mandans, the O-kee-pa, although he did not witness it himself. While his writings may be said to reinforce the Romantic ideal of the "noble savage," Wied's Travels also records the impact contact with fur traders and settlers had on native tribes and the land around them. He was accompanied by Karl Bodmer as expedition artist and Bodmer's colour illustrations form the plate volume that accompanied this book. Field 1036; Howes M443a; Sabin 47017; Wagner-Camp 76:3.
Publisher: Ackermann and Co
Date Published: 1843
Place Published: London
Condition: Very good
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: x, , 520 p. 32 cm. 52 small in-text illustrations, presumably after Karl Bodmer. Large fold-out map at rear with route marked in colour. List of Illustrations and Plates refers to plate volume. Bound in leather with original spine overlaid. All edges gilt. Corner repairs and repairs to front endpaper. Tape repairs and some stains to map at rear. Extensive pencil notes to list of illustrations.