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Wak-Tae-Geli, A Sioux Warrior [Tableau 8 ]. by  Karl Bodmer - First Edition - from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller (SKU: 123257)

Wak-Tae-Geli, A Sioux Warrior [Tableau 8 ].

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Wak-Tae-Geli, A Sioux Warrior [Tableau 8 ].

by Bodmer, Karl

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London: Ackermann & Co. 1839. Aquatint engraving with contemporary hand-coloring, 24.6 x 18 inches, with blindstamp "C.Bodmer/Direct". Fine condition. § First edition, an illustration from the celebrated book, Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834, by Maximilian, Prince of Wied, Germany, after Bodmer's watercolors.Prince Maximilian was a German explorer and naturalist who hired the Swiss artist Karl Bodmer (1809-1893) for an expedition to examine and describe the wildlife and Indian tribes of the American West. For 13 months, the men travelled up the Missouri River from St. Louis to Montana, recording the people and landscapes they encountered with unprecedented sensitivity and detail, just on the eve of rapid white Western expansion and genocidal conquest. "For over a century Bodmer's aquatints have been regarded as one of the most significant contributions to the iconography of the western frontier." In his portraits of American Indians, Bodmer "achieved a level of accuracy and sensitivity that no other artist of the American frontier has ever surpassed. His work is particularly valuable for its detailed rendition of the Indians' ornamentation, attire, and implements. Indeed, Bodmer was far superior to his better-known contemporary George Catlin, whose work lacks the Swiss artist's fidelity and meticulous attention to detail." (American Dictionary of National Biography).


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Wak-Tae-Geli, A Sioux Warrior [Tableau 8 ].
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John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller offers an exceptional selection of rare books and manuscripts from medieval times through the twentieth century; we specialize in illustrated material, particularly the work of William Blake and his circle. Located in downtown San Francisco, we have served an international clientele of private collectors, libraries, and institutions for 35 years. We are actively purchasing books and manuscripts in all fields, especially medieval illuminated and text manuscripts; material on California, Hawaii, and Pacific voyages; illustrated books and fine bindings from the 15th through the 20th century; and fine press printing. William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Frognall Dibdin remain special interests. We hope you will contact us for any of your book needs: restoration and repair of books and manuscripts; bibliographical information and up-to-date retail and auction prices; informal valuations to formal appraisals of single items or entire collections; auction purchases worldwide (including eBay); and of course, purchases for and sales of your own collections. We guarantee every transaction unconditionally and, as members in good standing of the ABAA, ILAB, and PBFA, we subscribe to the code of ethics endorsed by reputable antiquarian booksellers worldwide.


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