London: Published by the Author at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, 1841. George CATLIN. First Edition, Later printing. Cloth. [NATIVE AMERICANS]. In Two Volumes. W. and A.K. Johnston, Printers, in Edinburgh and London.
Later printing. Quarto; 530pp in 2 volumes; publisher's original gilt-stamped cloth re-backed; gilt tops' fore-edge and bottom untrimmed (deckle); ownership to front pastedowns; one of the title variations, omitting the words "Letters and Notes on..."; 311 colored plates including 3 bound-in maps; light foxing to endpapers and a few pages; no bad odors and binding is tight; very good plus.
Bibliographical notes: Publisher's Title page states, "with 400 illustrations carefully engraved from his original paintings and colored after nature", but a count shows a total of 311 plates, including 3 bound in maps, one a fold-out. Of the 311, 7 are missing as noted in Howes bibliography of the book (Howes C241--23, 137, 142, 149, 159, 246 and 247), but 113 and 114 are present although Howes disputes this. Additionally, there appears 101 1/2 and 210 1/2, as well as 3 unnumbered plates after 65, and one is bound out of order. Page 104 correctly lists Zedekiah. No errata slip. . Very good +. Item #1200
"Written during eight years travel amongst the wildest tribes of Indians in North America, 1832-39." A beautiful and seminal work both for its observations and illustrations of the North American native peoples. For anyone who loves the history of the Native People who inhabited the North American continent, their customs and lands where they made their homes.