Illustrations of the Manners, Customs, & Condition of the North American Indians. With Letters & Notes Written during Eight Years of Travel and Adventure among the Wildest and Most Remarkable Tribes now Existing [Two Volumes].
London: Chatto & Windus, 1876. viii, 264 pp; viii, 266 pp. Illus. with 180 chromolithograph plates (incl. 3 maps, 1 folding) many with multiple images. Sm. 4to. Publisher's red pictorial cloth decorated in black and gilt. First edition printed in color. Very good copies, boards slightly scuffed and bumped, Vol. II rejointed, recased, and endpapers renewed, plates and text bright. Howes C241. Lipperheide 1618. Pilling 689. See Sabin 11537 (1866). Streeter Sale 4277 (1866). Field 260 (1841). Wagner-Camp 84:4 (1841). Item #34295
The classic work on the American Indian covering all aspects of their lives with the images taken from the close to 600 paintings Catlin produced while visiting nearly fifty tribes. First published in 1841, this is the first edition to have the plates printed in color (though a few hand-colored copies were produced earlier). "One of the most original, authentic, and popular works on the subject. Humboldt characterizes the author as 'one of the most admirable observers of manners who ever lived among the aborigines of America',” (Sabin).