Voyage dans l'intérieur de l'Amérique du Nord: exécuté pendant les années 1832, 1833 et 1834,

Collection History

This digital presentation draws upon an exhibition presented by the Library in 1994, Four Hundred Years of Native-American Portraits, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of the Americas. Offering a selective view of the history of Native American portraiture, drawn exclusively from the Library's collections, it reprised an earlier Library exhibition held in the then-new landmark building on Fifth Avenue in 1912. In that same year the last of the contiguous United States territories achieved statehood, a political act that symbolically and literally closed the "frontier" phase of United States history.


The New York Public Library's collection of Native American portraiture has its foundation in early gifts and purchases from Dr.Wilberforce Eames, the Library's bibliographer and former Librarian of the Lenox Library, and from J. P. Morgan, who helped sponsor Edward S. Curtis's monumental survey, The North American Indian (1907-30). Curtis's extensive series had precedents in several earlier works, notably those by Karl Bodmer and George Catlin both of whose drawings from the early 1830s were published later as color prints.

Related Resources

"Exhibition of Portraits of American Indians"; Bulletin of The New York Public Library 16 (1912): 451-53.

"Four Hundred Years of Native-American Portraits: Prints and Photographs from the Collections of The New York Public Library." Biblion II, 1 (Fall 1993): 100–140, illus.

Weitenkampf, Frank. Early Pictures of North American Indians: A Question of Ethnology (1950).


Collection Data

This atlas serves as a pictorial record of Bodmer's travels along the Upper Missouri. Bodmer and Prince Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied traveled together, and prepared the volume upon return to Europe. In addition to the celebrated depictions of American Indians, also included are the landscapes along the way, beginning with New York Harbor.
Bodmer, Karl, 1809-1893 (Artist)
Wied, Maximilian, Prinz von, 1782-1867 (Author)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1840 - 1843
Place: Paris
Publisher: A. Bertrand
Library locations
Rare Book Division
Shelf locator: *KF+++ 1840 (Wied-Neuwied, M. A. P. Voyage dans l'intérieur de l'Amérique du Nord)
United States -- Description and travel
Natural history -- United States
Indians of North America
Statement of responsibility: Charles Bodmer
Content: The atlas comprises 81 plates, in part colored, numbered 1-48 and I-XXXIII, the latter set being called "vignettes."
Statement of responsibility: par le prince Maximilien de Wied-Neuwied
Physical Description
Extent: 3 v. illus., plates, fold. map, plan. 24 cm. + atlas, 62 x 46 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 15609114
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12634453
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): aa7f7670-c6cc-012f-9567-58d385a7bc34
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