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Book Number 5384 
Author George Catlin  
Title The Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians (Vol: I & II) 
Date c. 1841 
Publisher George Catlin 
Place of Publication London 
Edition First Edition.  
Volume Information 2 volumes 
Cover Original publisher’s black cloth, rebacked saving the original spine. Gilt text and vignette on top cover. Gilt text on flat spine. Top edge gilt.  
Illustration Complete with frontispiece, 311 plates and 3 maps; all in colour. A scarce copy with plates 113 and 114 present.  
Size 8vo (250x160mm 
Condition A handsome and fine example of this work in original decorative publisher’s cloth. Plates are crisp, clean and vibrant  
Provenance  
Pagination P. Vol I: Blank, frontis, title, contents (iii-viii), folding map, 1-264, blank. Vol II: blank, frontis map, title, contents (iii-viii), 1-266, blank. 
Reference Wagner-Camp 84: 1; Howes c241; Streeter Sale 1805; Wheat Transmississippi 453, 454, 455; Clark III: 141. 
Translation Info  
Notes A scarce copy with plates 113 and 114 present. This copy does not contain the errata slip. Catlin began his journey in 1830 when he accompanied General William Clark on a diplomatic mission up the Mississippi River into Native American territory. St. Louis became Catlin’s base of operations for five trips he took between 1830 and 1836, eventually visiting fifty tribes. Two years later he ascended the Missouri River more than 3000 km to Fort Union Trading Post, near what is now the North Dakota-Montana border, where he spent several weeks among indigenous people who were still relatively untouched by European civilization. He visited eighteen tribes, including the Pawnee, Omaha, and Ponca in the south and the Mandan, Hidatsa, Cheyenne, Crow, Assiniboine, and Blackfeet to the north. There he produced the most vivid and penetrating portraits of his career. During later trips along the Arkansas, Red, and Mississippi rivers, as well as visits to Florida and the Great Lakes, he produced more than 500 paintings and gathered a substantial collection of artifacts. George Catlin (1796 – 1872) was an American painter, author, and traveler who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West. Travelling to the American West five times during the 1830s, Catlin was the first white man to depict Plains Indians in their native territory. Ex-libris bookplate of Edwin Allis DeWolf on verso of top cover.  
Price (US$) 2750  
Short Description Book Voyages General; Book Americas U.S General; Book Americas Indians;  
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