Catlin,George. [North American Indian Portfolio]. Lond., n.d.[1845]. 2nd ed. 31 plates, of which 25 are numbered. Rebound in 3/4 morocco and marbled boards. Leather spine label reads "Catlin's Indians". No tp or leaf of contents. Howes C-243. The 1844 Lo
Lot 1229
CATLIN, GEORGE. 1796-1872.
Sold for US$ 47,800 inc. premium
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CATLIN, GEORGE. 1796-1872.
[Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio.] [London: Chatto and Windus, circa 1875.] Comprised of 31 duotone lithographed plates on card by McGahey and by Catlin (nos. 1 & 14) after Catlin’s drawings, lithographed by Day and Haghe. This copy is without a title page or contents leaf, as frequently found and perhaps as issued. Broadsheets (594 x 425 mm). Modern half morocco and marbled boards, calf spine label. Minor darkening in margin of plate 4, plate 21 with a little marginal fingersoiling, plate 1 with slight residue at gutter margin (where separated from original wrappers?), mild edge toning and a few very pale marginal foxmarks; else fine.

Expanded edition. Lovely, clean copy of the expanded edition which includes an additional six unnumbered lithographs: two portraits ("Wi-Jun-Jon, Assiniboine Chief" and "Joc-O-Sot, Sauk Chief"); a group portrait of Ojibways; and three scenes depicting buffalo hunting, a war dance, and a scalp dance consecutively. These six extra plates were evidently executed in the 1840s when Catlin envisioned a series of four Indian “Portfolios” categorized by theme. However, it was only in the mid-1870s, when Chatto and Windus acquired the copyright, that the last six prints were printed and issued. Howes C-243; Wagner-Camp 105a:2.
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