Mountains So Sublime: Nineteenth-Century British Travellers and the Lure of the Rocky Mountain West

Mountains So Sublime: Nineteenth-Century British Travellers and the Lure of the Rocky Mountain West

Mountains So Sublime: Nineteenth-Century British Travellers and the Lure of the Rocky Mountain West

Mountains So Sublime: Nineteenth-Century British Travellers and the Lure of the Rocky Mountain West

Synopsis

Culled from both published and unpublished accounts, these descriptions of the Rocky Mountain West by British adventurers, poets, and journalists represent a long tradition of relating to landscape and its appreciation in art.

Excerpt

This compilation and discussion of British travellers’ eyewitness accounts of their experiences in the North American West had its genesis in a convergence of opportunities. During some three decades as a special collections librarian in the centre of the vast Inland Northwest, that area between the Columbia River and the Bitterroot Mountains, I developed a close acquaintanceship with the texts that document the history and development of the West. Knowledge of the books, however, did not extend to more than a brief introduction to their contents. In 1993, through the support of the University of Idaho Sabbatical Leave Committee, the University of Idaho Research Council, and the Idaho Library Association (as well as a later research fellowship from the Idaho Humanities Council), I had an opportunity to actually read these primary sources both in this country and in libraries in England. My reading served, surprisingly, to reintroduce me to the natural landscape of the . . .

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