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CATLIN, George.

North American Indians.

Being letters and notes on their manners, customs, and conditions, written during their eight years' travel amongst the wildest tribes of Indians in North America. 1832-1839.

Edinburgh: John Grant, 1903 Stock Code: 142390
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A handsomely produced edition. 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 hand-coloured 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, large octavo. Original pictorial red cloth, gilt titles to spines and front covers, pictorial decoration in gilt and black to spines and front covers, top edges gilt, others uncut.


With 320 illustrations on 180 plates, including 3 maps, one coloured and folding.


Bookseller's ticket to front pastedowns, small faint ownership stamp to front free endpapers and title page. Tips bumped, extremities a trifle rubbed, very good indeed; a bright copy.


Hassrick 15; Sabin 11536.


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