MAXIMILIAN ZU WIED-NEUWIED, Prince (1782-1867). Reise in das innere Nord-America in den Jahren 1832 bis 1834. Coblenz: J. Hoelscher, 1839-41.
2 volumes text, 4o (316 x 266 mm) and atlas portfolio (628 x 458 mm). Together 82 aquatint plates (48 folio plates and 34 small plates housed in one portfolio) after Karl Bodmer, most with the Bodmer blind-stamp, by J. Hurliman, L. Weber, C. Vogel, Salathé, Himely, Prévost, R. Rollet, P. Legrand, Desmadryl, and others, one engraved folding map, one table and wood-engraved illustrations in text. (A few plates with minor marginal tears or chipping, some foxing, browning, or occasional light dampstaining to text.) Text volumes in modern green half morocco, top edges gilt, portfolio in modern green half leather, one original printed wrapper laid in.
FIRST EDITION OF THE FINEST WORK ON NATIVE AMERICANS AND THE AMERICAN FRONTIER. Bodmer was employed by Prince Maximilian to record his travels amongst the American tribes of the Plains during 1833-1834, reaching as far west as Fort Mackenzie and the Blackfoot tribe of Montana. Bodmer's plates depict the scenery, villages, dances and, most outstandingly, portraits of individuals from various tribes: his portrait of Pehriska-Rupha, the "Moennitarri warrior in the costume of the Dog danse" is one of the greatest icons of a vanished way of life. See Abbey Travel 615; Howes M443a; see Sabin 47017. (3)