Views on the Mississippi

THE PHOTOGRAPHS
OF HENRY PETER BOSSE

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Views on the Mississippi brings together for the first time almost one hundred of Henry Peter Bosse’s most stunning images. These photographs, tracing the river from Minneapolis to St. Louis, capture the Mississippi as it was being transformed from an untamed natural wonder to a modern commercial highway. Presenting wagon and railroad bridges, towns and villages along the banks, and the steamboats that served them, Bosse’s photography depicts the river at the fulcrum between the nostalgic, romantic era recorded by Mark Twain and the coming century of industrial development and environmental alterations (the navigation projects of the Army Corps are among the changes documented by Bosse). Also included is a detailed reproduction of Bosse’s rare landmark map of the river, first published in 1887-88. Views of the Mississippi presents a comprehensive and fascinating guide to the historic Upper Mississippi.

PUBLISHED BY the University of Minnesota Press

Views on the Mississippi is a stunning collection of photographs. By bringing the forgotten art of Henry Bosse to light, Mark Neuzil has done history a grand service. Words cannot describe the ethereal beauty of these images.”

— DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, coauthor (with Stephen L. Ambrose) of Mississippi: River of History

“These wonderful photographs, so unassuming and original, are a record of the great Mississippi’s topography when the river was turning from frontier territory to a route for human commerce and human convenience. That Bosse played a role in the transformation he so ably documented in no way lessens the real beauty of these pictures.”

— SANDRA S. PHILLIPS, Senior Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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Views on the Mississippi:
The Photographs of Henry Peter Bosse

ISBN 0-8166-3647-8

University of Minnesota Press
111 Third Avenue South, Suite 290
Minneapolis, Minn. 55401-2520

http://www.upress.umn.edu

Views on the Mississippi will be available in book stores in September 2001, or you can order it through Amazon.com.

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