The Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians, In Two Volumes
London: Published by the Author at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, 1841. George CATLIN. Cloth. [NATIVE AMERICANS] [ILLUSTRATED]. 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 #1719
"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. A publication for anyone who loves the history of the Native People who inhabited the North American continent, their customs, and the lands where they made their homes.