MCKENNEY, THOMAS L., AND JAMES HALL.
History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Philadelphia: Edward C. Biddle (vol. 1) and Daniel Rice and James G. Clark, 1837-1842-1844.
3 volumes. Folio (510 x 350 mm). iv, 204; [ii], 237; [iv], 196,  pp. Illustrated with 120 hand-colored lithographed plates finished with gum arabic, lithographed map leaf, and 17 pp lithographed facsimile signatures of subscribers. Original half morocco, upper covers gilt lettered "Indian Gallery / 120 Illustrations," yellow glazed endpapers, a.e.g. Scattered light foxing particularly to first and last few leaves, usual light offsetting from text to plates, frontispieces mounted on stubs, two or three plates slightly soiled, nibbling to one fore-edge, rubbed, vol 1 joints cracking.
Provenance: Louis Godey, probably the son of the Godey's Lady's Book publisher (ownership inscriptions); Helen Godey Wilson (bookplates).
FIRST EDITION, at the time the "grandest color plate book issued in the United States" (Reese). Volume 1 title page in state B, War Dance plate in state B, Red Jacket plate in state D; second printing of the text of part 1.
McKenney had the idea of assembling the portraits of native Americans painted in Washington by Charles Bird King into a publication, and enlisted the Ohio writer James Hall to assist with the project. Various setbacks occurred, ranging from bankrupt publishers to dwindling subscribers and the Panic of 1837, but the final work is "one of the most distinctive and important books in Americana" (ibid.). BAL 6934; Field 992; Howes M-129; Reese American Color Plate 24; Sabin 43410a.