by Catlin, George.
London: Henry G. Bohn, York Street, Covent Garden, 1850. 2 vols., sm. 4to, Vol. I [i-iii]-viii, 264 pp., with 76 plates (some containing more than one illustration), Vol. II [i-iii]-viii, 265, (1) pp., with 104 plates (also containing more than one illustration in some cases), frontispieces with tissue guards in both volumes, with three hundred and sixty engravings after paintings by the author, fold-out map of North America detailing locations of tribes in Vol I. Original red cloth with gilt illustration of an American Indian on horseback to top cover of both volumes surrounded by blind-stamped decoration, gilt lettering and decoration to backstrip showing a bison head at top and a standing warrior below. Backstrips darkened and chipped at head and feet, hinges cracked, 3 inch split to cloth of upper joint of vol. one. Owner inscriptions dated 1900 in blue ink to front free endpapers of both volumes. A good, unsophisticated copy. § Ninth edition. A fascinating, detailed and thoroughly illustrated account of Catlin’s experiences traveling throughout the American Indian territories in the first half of the 19th century. One of the most important works pertaining to the study of American and Native American history, this two volume set is filled with engravings based on the lawyer-turned-painter’s larger works. Sabin 11537; Streeter 1805 (first and tenth editions); Howes 241 (not noting this edition). (Inventory #: 102873)