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Pingenot Auction, Lot 69

69. 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 colored illustrations of American Indians, folding map of U.S. locating the Native American tribes. Royal 8vo, original elaborate gilt pictorial maroon cloth, t.e.g. Very mild foxing to endpapers, else a very fine, fresh, tight, sparkling set in the beautiful bindings. This is the best set we have seen.
        Handsome English 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. Howes C241. McCrackin 8n. Pilling 689n. Plains & Rockies IV:84:1n. Raines, p. 46n. 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). Included among the plates is a portrait of Red Jacket and illustrations of the Dodge expedition to the Comanche country north of the Red River at the Texas border. See The Handbook of Texas Online (George Catlin).
(2 vols.)