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Eye of the Explorer: Views of the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey 1853-54 Hardcover – April 15, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company; First edition (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878425608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878425600
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McDermott, Grim, and Mobley have presented an insightful study of this survey across the Pacific Northwest. The views are beautifully illustrated, and the additional maps, excerpts from the report, and the historical information provide a thorough understanding of the many sights and experiences during the sixteen-month survey. The text is well sourced, providing more useful information. This thorougly researched, well designed book documents an important exploration of the West. --Rick Ewig--North Dakota History

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Paul D. McDermott taught geography and cartography for thirty-four years at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. He is an avid photographer and has written and lectured extensively on historical geography.
Ronald E. Grim worked in the Cartographic and Architectural Division at the National Archives and Records Service and in the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress. He is currently the curator of maps at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.
Phillip Mobley, a professional cartographer, is an adjunct professor of geography at George Mason University and has also taught cartography and geography courses at Montgomery College and George Washington University.

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Eye of the Explorer: Views of the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey, 1853-54 is a compendium of lithographs (and six of the fine prints) originally painted by John Mix Stanley and Gustavus Sohon in 1853-54, as part of a survey led by Major Isaac Stevens in search of a northern transcontinental railroad route. All of the superbly reproduced, color images are strikingly beautiful, revealing glimpses of vast tracts of untamed land. The text of Eye of the Explorer also recounts the story of the expedition - its discoveries, challenges, encounters, and modern evaluations of the expedition's contributions to history and science. A breathtakingly beautiful coffee table book, Eye of the Explorer is a captivatingly original contribution to art, railroad, or natural history shelves, and highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roger Waller on September 12, 2013
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I love this period of American history and had come across some of the original lithographs of this epic journey and became hooked. I have now collected a number of the originals and they are quite beautiful. This book will be the standard on the subject going forward. The reproductions are excellent and it was great to see the originals. The maps and modern photography of the original locations are great. I encourage everyone to try to explore the actual locations of the illustrations, if possible.

I live in Spokane, Washington and have visited the locations of some of these scenes and this is where my only criticism of the book comes in. For example: on pages 110 - 111 is the illustration of Chemakane Mission, location 39. On the far left of page 110 is a map showing the location of the mission which is at least 2 miles from the actual site and a blank page under the map. There is a very nice stone monument on the original location of the mission with no photograph and no mention in the text. I can only conclude that the authors did not actually visit the site and this is too bad because it keeps this book from being 100% perfect.

Outside of this minor criticism I would give this book 4 1/2 stars and recommend it anyone interested in American art and the history of the American West.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Prof. Paul D. McDermott on February 3, 2013
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Lewis and Clark created little art work documenting western landscapes in the early 19th Century. When the Federal Government elected to build a transcontinental railroad they sponsored several expeditions to investigate the feasibility of railroad along different routes. The most intensely surveyed route was that which roughly paralled the northern boundary of the United States between the 47th and 49th parallels. During this survey 70 lithographs were constructed showing this landscape. Recently, the original water colors used to create the lithographs were rediscovered and are reproduced here for the first time. Readers are now able to visualize what Lewis and Clark had observed some 50 years earlier. This is a well-researched and illustrated monograph. Both historians and artists will appreciate it.
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By Tom on June 26, 2014
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The book has color paintings of the Montana, Idaho and Washington (Seattle) areas circa 1853-1854. On the opposite side of each painting, is a detailed account, by the author, of the scene depicted plus other information. A well thought through project and a valuable resource for any history library. Buy it !
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