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F. V. Hayden headed the United States Geological Survey during the period it was investigating the mountain regions of the West. Thomas Moran accompanied the Hayden expedition to Yellowstone in 1871, making many drawings on location. The fifteen watercolors here reproduced by Prang were among the earliest pictorial records of the spectacular landscapes of the then-unexplored region, and they remain among the best representations of the country's first national park. Bennett described the chromolithographs as "marvelously reproduced … hard work could never give the effect of perspective and distance achieved in the towering scenes here reproduced."
Moran and Prang's collaborative effort was celebrated from the time of its publication; approximately 1000 sets were sold at a price of sixty dollars, although complete sets are now very uncommon on the market. In his preface, Hayden lauded the work as "a just subject for national pride," as well as a revelation for easterners who knew the region only from prose descriptions or black and white illustrations: "deprived of color … the scenery of Yellowstone it may truly be said … is like Hamlet with the part of Hamlet omitted.… So strange, indeed, are the the freaks of color which nature indulges in habitually in this wonderful country, that it will no doubt require strong faith on the part of the reader in the truthfulness of both artist and writer to accept the statements made in the present volume by pen as well as by the brush."
A VIBRANT AND LUMINOUS SET OF THESE REMARKABLE CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS.