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Lithographic views of Montana, after John Mix Stanley. From I.I. Stevens' General Survey Report. Circa 1850.



Prints by Karl Bodmer. From Reise in das Innere Nord-America in den Jahren 1832 bis 1834. London: Ackermann and Company, 1843. German edition. Folio. Aquatints. Uncolored. Full margins with some spotting.

Karl Bodmer, (1809-1893), is considered by many to be the greatest 19th-century artist to have produced prints of the American west. Bodmer and his patron, Prince Maximilian of Wied, came to America from Germany in 1832. With Bodmer in charge of the pictorial documentary, Prince Maximilian, an experienced and respected traveler and naturalist, set out to put together as complete a study as possible of the western territories of the United States. The result was the publication of Maximilian's journals in successive German, French, and English editions between 1839 and 1843, and with it, a picture atlas of eighty-one aquatint plates after paintings by Bodmer. This picture volume is now regarded as one of the most comprehensive and memorable visual surveys of the western territories ever made. The prints provide a rare and privileged glimpse into 19th-century America by one of the now most coveted artists of the period.

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