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Saga of Lewis and Clark: Into the Unknown West

Schmidt, Tom; Schmidt, Jeremy

Published by DK ADULT
ISBN 10: 0789446383 / ISBN 13: 9780789446381
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Title: Saga of Lewis and Clark: Into the Unknown ...

Publisher: DK ADULT

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

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0789446383 Note to previous owner inside front cover and on title page. Dust jacket has some shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # 2722

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Synopsis: Beautifully written and illustrated, this book follows Lewis and Clark from the inception of their expedition to their celebrated homecoming. In an effort to seek out -- and stake out -- the fabled Northwest Passage, Captains Lewis and Clark led the expedition from Missouri through uncharted territory to Oregon. They fought rivers, suffered sunstroke, encountered and befriended Indians, and survived hunger, fatigue, and sickness. The journals brought back by various members, excerpted here, present the first written account of the area west of the Mississippi, including the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. Illustrations focus on running maps that serve as time lines, current photographs of still-virgin wilderness, annotated sketches selected from the hundreds of plants and animals (which the expedition documented for the first time), and artifacts created or first archived by Lewis and Clark themselves.

Review: Storytellers are many, but illustrators are few--and few books on the epic journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are as beautiful as The Saga of Lewis & Clark. Illustrations from the original journals reveal the explorers' creative spelling and fine cartographic abilities; old drawings and etchings lend authenticity to the chronicle; and color photographs prove that the dramatic landscape they encountered remains wild in places.

The reproductions of paintings by Karl Bodmer and George Catlin from the 1830s are particularly stunning. The same paintings and journal excerpts appear in other illustrated accounts--including the companion volume to Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns's PBS special on the Corps of Discovery--but without the clarity and vibrancy achieved in this edition.

Brothers Thomas and Jeremy Schmidt are particularly adept as guides to the foreign landscape encountered by Lewis and Clark. Writers and naturalists with nearly two dozen books to their collective credit, they are clearly enamored with the Corps of Discovery and the West. Although one brother recently retraced the expedition's route from St. Louis to the Pacific, they don't let that experience intrude on a narrative that is richly embroidered with the explorers' own colorful language. Other works offer better prose, but as an introduction to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, this fine work succeeds handsomely. --Pete Holloran

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