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CATLIN, George.

Illustrations of the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians:

in a series of letters and notes written during eight years of travel and adventure among the wildest and most remarkable tribes now existing. With three hundred and sixty engravings, from the Author's original paintings. Eighth Edition.

London : 1851 Stock Code: 130731
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Handsomely bound early printing of Catlin's illustrated account of Native American tribes, first published in 1841, reissued many times over the following 50 years. A young lawyer turned portraitist, Catlin set out in 1830 from his home in Pennsylvania to record on canvas the indigenous tribes of North America and their way of life. His eight years among the major tribes of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains resulted in his "Indian Gallery," an enormous collection of artefacts as well as more than four hundred paintings, including portraits and scenes of tribal life. The resultant book, first published with uncoloured plates in 1841, is "one of the most original, authentic and popular works on the subject" (Sabin). "The history and the customs of such a people," Catlin wrote, "preserved by pictorial illustrations, are themes worthy of the lifetime of one man, and nothing short of the loss of my life, shall prevent me from becoming their historian" (Hassrick).

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2 volumes, tall octavo (248 x 153 mm). Near-contemporary red quarter morocco by Morrell, titles and motifs in gilt to spines in compartments, raised bands ruled in gilt, red cloth sides, top edges gilt, pink endpapers.


Frontispieces, 180 plates featuring 360 engravings, and a folding map on blue paper.


Slight rubbing to edges and spine joints, a couple of faint marks to covers, light offsetting to endpapers, faint foxing to contents, short closed tear to fore edge of pp. 1-2 of vol. I; a very good set.


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