MORAN, THOMAS. 1837-1926. HAYDEN, FERDINAND V. 1829-1887. The Yellowstone National Park, and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1876.

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MORAN, THOMAS. 1837-1926.
HAYDEN, FERDINAND V. 1829-1887.
The Yellowstone National Park, and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1876.

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MORAN, THOMAS. 1837-1926.
HAYDEN, FERDINAND V. 1829-1887. The Yellowstone National Park, and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1876.
Folio (355 x 200 mm). Without text, 2 lithographed maps, and publisher's portfolio. 15 fine chromolithographed plates, after the paintings of Thomas Moran, by Louis Prang, island float matte, framed individually.

THE COMPLETE SET OF STUNNING CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS OF YELLOWSTONE AND THE WEST, FROM "THE GREATEST AMERICAN LANDSCAPE BOOK OF THE POST-CIVIL WAR ERA" (Reese). After seeing Moran's work, Hayden invited Moran to accompany him on his 1871 geological survey of Yellowstone. The resulting work was an astounding collection of paintings, one of which was purchased by Congress in 1872 for $10,000, and they helped illustrate the unique and majestic nature of the area, smoothing the way for Yellowstone to become the first National Park the following year. Prang's collection of Moran's work was produced utlizing as many as fixty-six layers of carefully registered lithographic stones to create an extraordinary depth of color. According to Bennett, "hand work could never give the effect of perspective and distance achieved in the towering scenes reproduced here."

The complete suite of 15 vibrant chromolithographed plates, comprises: Gardiners River Hot Springs * The Great Blue Spring of the Lower Geyser Basin * The Castle Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin * The Lower Yellowstone Range * Yellowstone Lake * Tower Falls and Sulphur Mountain * Head of the Yellowstone River * The Grand Cañon of the Yellowstone * The towers of Tower Falls * The Mountain of the Holy Cross, Colorado * The Mosquito Trail, Rocky Mountains of Colorado * The Summit of the Sierras * The Great Falls of Snake River, Idaho Territory * Valley of the Bubbling Waters, southern Utah * The Great Salt Lake of Utah.

Moran and Hayden's masterpiece left an indelible impression on the American imagination, a vision of the West both bold and unique. As Kinsey notes, Prang's bold productions of Moran's work was in many ways origin of a lasting vision of the American West, as well as the "finest example of chromolithography ever produced" (Kinsey, Thomas Moran's West: Chromolithography, High Art, and Popular Taste, Lawrence, KS, 2006). Bennett, p 80; Graff 1830; Howes H-338; Reese Stamped with a National Character 99.
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MORAN, THOMAS. 1837-1926. HAYDEN, FERDINAND V. 1829-1887. The Yellowstone National Park, and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1876.
MORAN, THOMAS. 1837-1926. HAYDEN, FERDINAND V. 1829-1887. The Yellowstone National Park, and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1876.
MORAN, THOMAS. 1837-1926. HAYDEN, FERDINAND V. 1829-1887. The Yellowstone National Park, and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1876.
MORAN, THOMAS. 1837-1926. HAYDEN, FERDINAND V. 1829-1887. The Yellowstone National Park, and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1876.
MORAN, THOMAS. 1837-1926. HAYDEN, FERDINAND V. 1829-1887. The Yellowstone National Park, and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1876.
MORAN, THOMAS. 1837-1926. HAYDEN, FERDINAND V. 1829-1887. The Yellowstone National Park, and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1876.
MORAN, THOMAS. 1837-1926. HAYDEN, FERDINAND V. 1829-1887. The Yellowstone National Park, and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1876.
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