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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. 6-7

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Preface

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pp. vii-viii

My research on this subject began, as these things usually do, with a whimsical question that turned out not to have a solid answer. In 1850 a young Bavarian nobleman, Baron Ludwig von Reizenstein, down on his luck and reduced to selling birdcages ...

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I The Severed Bear’s Head - Franconia, Bavaria, and Prussia, 1824–1848

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pp. 1-9

In 1773, the young poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe (not yet ennobled with a “von”) would celebrate the ambiguous freedom of the Imperial Knights, lords over paltry knots of subjects and destined to extinction, in his sprawling play ...

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II Egloffstein and Zwanziger, Surveyors - St. Louis, 1849–1853

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pp. 10-29

In the brief period Friedrich von Egloffstein would spend in St. Louis near the juncture of the Mississippi and the Missouri, he would establish many of the parameters of his later career in the West. For part of the time he was in partnership with an otherwise obscure ...

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III Solomon Carvalho’s Excellent Adventure - With Frémont over the Rockies; Great Salt Lake City Idyll

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pp. 30-46

Egloffstein’s connection with Engelmann and the (Missouri) Pacific Railroad probably played a large role in getting him a position on what would become John Charles Frémont’s (illustration 11) last expedition ...

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IV Views of Mount Shasta - To California with Beckwith, 1854

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pp. 47-74

The War Department had decided from the outset that Gunnison’s expedition would not continue west of the Great Basin on the thirty-eighth parallel north so dear to Benton and Frémont. Instead, it was to ...

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V. A New Style of Topographical Drawing - Washington, DC, and the Pacific Railroad Reports

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pp. 75-93

Not long after returning to St. Louis, Baron Friedrich picked up his family and departed for the East. Toward the end of September 1854, he wrote Engelmann to let him know of his arrival in Washington, DC, with his wife ...

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VI. The Thoughts of God - Up the Colorado with Ives, 1857–1858

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pp. 94-151

Egloffstein longed to return to the West to “read the thoughts of God.” His desire was fulfilled when he was designated both the topographical engineer and one of two artists for an expedition up the Colorado under the command ...

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VII The Last Plates - Farewell to the West, 1861–1885

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pp. 152-164

At the same time that he was finishing work on the Colorado maps, Egloffstein was actively pursuing a new process that would complete a mechanical link between his plaster models and the images ...

Abbreviations in the Notes and Bibliography

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pp. 165-165

Notes

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pp. 167-189

Bibliography

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pp. 191-204

Index

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pp. 205-208