LETTERS AND NOTES ON THE MANNERS, CUSTOMS, AND CONDITION OF THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS. Written During Eight Years' Travel Amongst the Wildest Tribes of Indians in North America, 1832-39
LETTERS AND NOTES ON THE MANNERS, CUSTOMS, AND CONDITION OF THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS. Written During Eight Years' Travel Amongst the Wildest Tribes of Indians in North America, 1832-39

LETTERS AND NOTES ON THE MANNERS, CUSTOMS, AND CONDITION OF THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS. Written During Eight Years' Travel Amongst the Wildest Tribes of Indians in North America, 1832-39

(London: by the Author, 1841 [1892]).

FIRST OF THE 1892 EDITION, PRINTED IN LONDON FROM THE ORIGINAL 1841 SHEETS. "Catlin visited forty-eight tribes in the Mississippi and Missouri valleys and on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains during his eight years' travel. His object was to paint portraits of men and women in every tribe, together with views of villages, games, etc. The two volumes are a series of fifty-eight letters written while the author was among the Indians. They form an unusually entertaining narrative of travels in an almost unknown region, and at the same time are of great value in their descriptions of Indian life" (Larned 616).
The American editions included far fewer illustrations than this London edition. The etchings are extremely well executed and ar faithful representations of the scenes Catlin witnessed. Item #15993

First of the 1892 issue, reprinted from the original 1841 sheets. Provenance: early ownership of Railroad magnate Robert H. Sayre, of Pennsylvania. With 400 illustrations carefully engraved from the author’s original sketches, with 3 maps (one folding). Large 8vo, publisher's original bright red cloth, lettered in gilt and black and highly decorated with gilt and black pictorial vignettes on upper covers and spine panels. viii, 264; 266 pp. A handsome and attractive set, very bright with just minor wear or evidence of age to the head and tail-bands, inner hinges strengthened, some initial leaves re-inserted, evidence of old labels at the rear pastedowns, very light, unobtrusive stamps at the edges, some separation at the joining of the paste-downs and free-flies as is rather typical, internally quite fresh and clean.

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