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Camp 4
"Camp No 4 Near Promontory Point Great Salt Lake." From Captain Howard Stansbury's An Expedition to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1852. 4 1/2 x 7 1/2. Tinted lithograph by Ackerman, New York. Very good condition.

Howard Stansbury, a Captain in the U.S. Topographical Engineers, was assigned in 1849 to survey the region of the Great Salt Lake, looking for a possible route for a transcontinental railway and for a better route from Fort Bridger, in Wyoming, to Salt Lake City. The report included scientific appendixes with illustrations and a group of excellent tinted lithographs showing scenes around the Great Salt Lake. $75
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Weber Canon
Views from Harper's Weekly. New York, various dates. Wood engravings.

As the tide of emigration from the East spread out across the American frontier, readers of the illustrated newspapers such as Harper's Weekly were very interested in the events and scenes of the Far West. Harper's sent artists to send back drawings and they also used images provided by local artists. These are some of the most accurate and current images of the Utah from mid-century into the 1870s.



Terres Mauvaises
Thomas Moran. "Terres Mauvaises, Utah." From Picturesque America. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872. Wood engraving. 6 x 9. Very good condition.

An attractive print from Picturesque America. This two volume set and others of its genre were very popular during the mid-nineteenth century. Through their ample illustrations they provided a glimpse of nineteenth century America--much more bucolic than today--, its towns, cities, rivers, ports, important architecture, and other areas of interest. One of the inspirations behind the publication was the forthcoming Centennial celebration of the United States to be held in Philadelphia in 1876, and this volume celebrates the variety and majesty of the maturing country. As stated by Sue Rainey, in her excellent Creating 'Picturesque America', "As the first publication to celebrate the entire continental nation, it enabled Americans, after the trauma of the Civil War, to construct a national self-image based on reconciliation between North and South and incorporation of the West." (p. xiii) This image of Utah was drawn by Thomas Moran, as were the other views of the territory in the volume. $50
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Prints by Rudolf Cronau. From Von Wunderland zu Wunderland. Landschafts und Lebensbilder aus den Staaten und Territorien der Union. Leipzig: T.O. Weigel, 1886-87. Washington copyright 1885 by Dr. O.V. Deuster. Ca. 7 x 11. Collotypes by Rommler & Jonas, Dresden. Prints mounted onto title boards as issued. Very good condition.

A pair of rare German prints of Utah from a series of fifty views of the United States done by Rudolf Cronau. The images in the series span the country from New York to San Francisco, but the majority of the prints depict life and the natural wonders of the American West. Europeans were fascinated with the American frontier due to the differences in the physical topography, social life, and native populations, not to mention their substantial financial investments in land there. In 1881, Rudolf Cronau (1855-1939) was sent to the United States as a special correspondent for the German newspaper Die Gartenlaube. His assignment was to produce a series of articles documenting American landscapes, cities, Native Americans, and life on the frontier. Cronau traveled all about of the country, writing his articles and producing pen & ink drawings. These images showed cities, imposing landscapes, scenes of life in the west, cowboys in their heyday, and portraits of Native Americas, including the first life portrait of Sitting Bull. The drawings, which exhibit the skill Cronau gained through his training at the Düsseldorf Academy, were based on Cronau's first hand observations. These images are the equal in fascination to those of his contemporaries Frederick Remington and Charles M. Russell, but unlike them, the newspaperman did not overly romanticize his subjects, but showed then with an authentic truthfulness. Upon his return to Germany in 1886, Cronau published, in two parts, a portfolio of collotypes based on his best drawings. These prints provide one of the most accurate and interesting pictures of America, especially the West, in the late nineteenth century.




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