Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. From Drawings and Notes of the Author, made during Eight Years' Travel amongst Forty-Eight of the Wildest and Most Remote Tribes of Sav

Lot Number 26
Author CATLIN, George (1796-1872)
Title Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. From Drawings and Notes of the Author, made during Eight Years' Travel amongst Forty-Eight of the Wildest and Most Remote Tribes of Sav
Year Published 1844
Place Printed London Geo. Catlin, Egyptian Hall; text printed by C. and J. Adlard,
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Description CATLIN, George (1796-1872). Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. From Drawings and Notes of the Author, made during Eight Years' Travel amongst Forty-Eight of the Wildest and Most Remote Tribes of Savages in North America. London: Geo. Catlin, Egyptian Hall; text printed by C. and J. Adlard, 1844. Broadsheets (581 x 429 mm). Letterpress title-page and nine leaves of text. 25 fine hand-colored lithographed plates after Catlin, lithographed by Day and Haghe, each heightened with gum arabic (plate 9 with marginal repaired tear just crossing image border, a one tissue guard with repaired tear, plate 13 with coloring in sky area somewhat mottled, some occasional mostly marginal spotting, heavier on plates 1, 2, 6, 9, 19 and 23, otherwise with colors fresh and paper crisp). Publisher's red half morocco, title gilt-lettered on upper cover (a few discreet repairs at spine ends and corners, some light rubbing); cloth slipcase. Provenance: Sotheran's paper label on pastedown; Maxine and Joel Spitz, Chicago (bookplate).
Comments FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with 20 pages of text and the plates colored, with printed captions. Catlin himself published the very scarce first colored issue with the plates printed on full sheets of paper, unmounted. Although Catlin planned on producing a series of thematic portfolios reproducing images from his Indian Gallery, the publication overextended his resources. The publication of his North American Indian Portfolio was taken over by Henry Bohn. "These beautiful scenes in Indian life are probably the most truthful ever presented to the public" (Field). Catlin's eight years of field research and painting of forty-eight tribes produced this immensely rich record of Native Americans. "The history and customs of such a people, preserved by pictorial illustrations, are themes worthy the lifetime of one man, and nothing short of the loss of my life shall prevent me from visiting their country and becoming their historian" (Preface). Abbey Travel 653; Field 258; Howes C-243; Sabin 11532; Wagner-Camp-Becker 105a:1; William S. Reese, "The Production of Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, 1844-1876," unpublished paper; Schwerdt I, p.100 and IV, p.21.
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Provenance Sotheran's paper label on pastedown; Maxine and Joel Spitz, Chicago (bookplate).
Estimated Price USD 80,000.00 - 120,000.00
Actual Price USD 98,500.00

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Auction House Christies
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Auction Name Books and Manuscripts
Sale Number #2622
Auction Date April 10, 2012 - April 10, 2012
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