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18. CATLIN, George. North American Indians: Being Letters and Notes on Their Manners, Customs, and Conditions, Written during Eight Years’ Travel amongst the Wildest Tribes of Indians in North American, 1832-1839.... Edinburgh: John Grant, 1926. ix [3], 298 + xii, 303 [1] pp., 320 chromolithograph images (primarily line-drawings of Native Americans and Western landscapes from original paintings by Catlin), including 2 maps, the first of which is folded: (1) Outline Map of Indian Localities in 1833 in Vol. 2 See Map of Localities in 1840 since all the Tribes Have Seen Removed from the States West of the Mississippi [below neat line at left] G. Catlin, measuring 21.3 x 36.7 neat line to neat line; (2) U. States Indians Frontier in 1840 Showing the Positions of the Tribes that Have Been Removed West of the Mississippi. [below neat line at left] G. Catlin, measuring 21.6 x 13 neat line to neat line.  2 vols., 8vo, original gilt pictorial maroon cloth stamped and lettered in gilt and black, t.e.g. Very mild foxing to endpapers, Vol. I text block slightly split after folding map (which has a few short tears to lower blank margin), otherwise a fine, bright set in the striking bindings.

     Handsome reprint of the original edition published in London in 1841, under title Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians. Cf:  Howes C241. McCracken 8n. Pilling 689. Plains & Rockies IV:84:1. Raines, p. 46.  Sabin 11536. Streeter Sale 1805.  Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2142: ”Includes information and drawings by Catlin following his 1834 journey with the Dodge-Leavenworth Expedition. His dramatic descriptions and sketches of mounted Comanches have been continuously cited by later historians, and the entire account of the Comanche camps is worth a close reading by the researcher.” Tyler, Prints of the American West, pp. 46-55: “The basis for much Plains ethnology.... Today [Catlin’s] work is criticized for its unrelenting Romanticism, but it is treasured by historians and anthropologists alike, who value his attention to details and brave dedication to his task” (Tyler, Prints of the American West, pp. 46-55).  2 vols. ($800-1,600)

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