History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Embellished with One Hundred and Twenty Portraits.

Lot Number 129
Author MCKENNEY, Thomas Loraine (1785-1859) and James HALL (1793-1868).
Title History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Embellished with One Hundred and Twenty Portraits.
Year Published 1836
Place Printed Philadelphia
Printed By E.C. Biddle (parts 1-6); Frederick W. Greenough (parts 7-13); J.T. Bowen (part 14); Daniel Rice and James G. Clark (parts 15-20)
Description MCKENNEY, Thomas Loraine (1785-1859) and James HALL (1793-1868). History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Embellished with One Hundred and Twenty Portraits. Philadelphia: E.C. Biddle (parts 1-6); Frederick W. Greenough (parts 7-13); J.T. Bowen (part 14); Daniel Rice and James G. Clark (parts 15-20), 1836-1838-1844.
Comments 3 volumes in 20 original parts, 2o (545 x 395 mm). 120 hand-colored lithographed plates and uncolored lithographed map (some occasional pale offsetting from text and light staining). 20 original buff printed wrappers (most wrappers rebacked, a few with minor marginal chipping, part 4 torn and repaired); three cloth folding cases. FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL PARTS OF "THE GRANDEST COLOR PLATE BOOK ISSUED IN THE UNITED STATES UP THE TIME OF ITS PUBLICATION" (REESE), "Its long and checkered publication history spanned twelve years and involved multiple lithographers (mainly Peter S. Duval and James T. Bowen) and publishers, but the final product is one of the most distinctive and important books in Americana. Almost all the plates are portraits of individual Native Americans, the majority painted from life by Charles Bird King (who also reworked the less skilfull portraits of James Otto Lewis). The complicated circumstances of its production have left a bibliographical stew of issues and issue points that are yet to be satisfactorily resolved" (ibid.). The present copy has the following BAL states: title pages for all three volumes in state A (parts 1, 9 and 20) in addition there is an extra title-page to volume II in state B (part 16), War Dance, state A; Red Jacket, state C. Complete except for the inserted errata slip in part X. The practice of taking portraits of the principal American Indians who came to Washington had begun as early as 1824. Chiefly painted by Charles Bird King, they were deposited in the War Department. Col. McKenney, Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Washington, conceived of the plan of making a collection of biographies, enhanced by the addition of the portraits. A biographical sketch accompanies each portrait, and the work also contains a general history of the various Indian tribes within the borders of the United States. Bennett p. 79; BAL 6934; Field 992; Howes M-129; Reese Stamped with a National Character: Nineteenth Century American Color Plate Books 24; Sabin 43410a. VERY RARE IN THE ORIGINAL PARTS. -3
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Auction House Christies
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Auction Name Books and Manuscripts Session I
Sale Number #2607
Auction Date December 7, 2012 - December 7, 2012
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