The books in the John Cushman Abbott Exhibit paint a picture both literally and figuratively of the Mississippi River Valley in the first half of the 19th century. A spy, a royal adventurer, a missionary, an astronomer, an artist, a governor, and an entrepreneur reveal the frontier to us through dramatic narratives and stunning illustrations.
This supplement to the exhibit gives information about these colorful authors and their books, and includes slide shows of the books' illustrations.
Presented in chronological order of exploration or residence in the Mississippi River Valley...
THE SPY Georges-Henri-Victor Collot
author of Voyage dans l'Amérique Septentrionale (illustrated by Jean Baptiste Pierre Tardieu)
THE ROYAL ADVENTURER Paul Wilhelm, Duke of Wurttemberg
author of Erste Reise nach dem Nördlichen Americka in den Jahren 1822 bis 1824
THE MISSIONARY John Mason Peck
author of A Guide for Emigrants and A Gazetteer of Illinois
THE ASTRONOMER Joseph Nicolas Nicollet
author of Report Intended to Illustrate a Map of the Hydrographical Basin of the Upper Mississippi River
THE ARTIST John Caspar Wild
author of The Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated in a Series of Views
THE GOVERNOR Thomas Ford
author of A History of Illinois, from its Commencement as a State in 1818 to 1847
The digital exhibition supplement was conceived and authored by Mary Z. Rose. The website was designed by Mary Z. Rose. The books were digitized by Virginia Stricklin. Images have been cropped and retouched for web presentation.