Journal of Rudolph Friederich Kurz. An Account of His Experiences Among Fur Traders & American Indians on the Mississippi & the Upper Missouri Rivers During the Years 1846 to 1852.
Washington DC: Bureau of American Ethnology, 1937. Wraps. Kurz was a Swiss painter who, like Catlin more than a decade earlier, fell under the spell of the Native American culture. He lived for several years among the fur trading posts of the Upper Missouri region, and recorded his impressions in journal form & painting. He was witness to the time of encroachment on Indian land & culture in the mid-19th century; also to the final westward migration of the Mormons, the great rush west for California gold and the Mexican American War. Well written, with lovely drawings of Native Americans recording activities of every day life, costume, horses, etc. Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 115. 8vo, 382pp, 48 b&w plates, reproducing Kurz's drawings; bibliography & index. . Orig. green paper wrappers, spine slt. sunned o/w vgc. Item #8605