North American Indian Portfolio. London: 1844. 25 plates with original portfolio and text. CATLIN, GEORGE. 1796-1872. 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 & J.E. Adlard, [c.1855].

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CATLIN'S NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS.
CATLIN, GEORGE. 1796-1872.
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 & J.E. Adlard, [c.1855].

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CATLIN'S NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS.
CATLIN, GEORGE. 1796-1872. 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 & J.E. Adlard, [c.1855].
Folio (580 x 425 mm). 25 hand-colored lithographs mounted on card by Day and Haghe. Contemporary burgundy cloth portfolio rebacked with burgundy morocco, contemporary burgundy straight-grain morocco gilt decorated title label to upper cover, text bound in contemporary burgundy cloth-backed tan wrappers, plates individually framed. Plates generally clean, mounts with some spotting and occasional edgwear, original boards faded and worn, text wrappers with minor wear, but very good.

Reese's fourth issue. Catlin originally envisaged publishing a series of linked but separate portfolios, each with its own theme: religious rites, dances, costumes, etc. Unfortunately, the first series was the only one that was ever published, and its production proved to be so taxing (both financially and physically) that Catlin sold both the publication and distribution rights to Henry Bohn. Catlin spent years living, traveling, and painting with the North American Indians. From 1832 to 1837 he spent the summer months sketching the tribes, then finished his pictures in oils during the winter. The record he left is unique, both in its breadth and also in the sympathetic understanding that his images constantly demonstrate. A selection of the greatest of images from this record were published in the North American Indian Portfolio in an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible. A key work for any serious collection of western Americana. In addition to publishing the present work, Catlin also spent from 1837 to 1852 touring the United States, England, France, and Holland with his collection of paintings and examples of Indian crafts, accompanied by representative members of the Indian tribes. A financial reverse in 1852 meant that he lost the collection, but he spent his later years making several trips to South and Central America, sketching the natives there. Noted bookseller William Reese considered the coloring of this issue to be "the best of all versions." Abbey Travel 653; Howes C-243; Reese "The Production of Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, 1844-1876" issue 4; Sabin 11532, Tooley 134.
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North American Indian Portfolio. London: 1844. 25 plates with original portfolio and text. CATLIN, GEORGE. 1796-1872. 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 & J.E. Adlard, [c.1855].
North American Indian Portfolio. London: 1844. 25 plates with original portfolio and text. CATLIN, GEORGE. 1796-1872. 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 & J.E. Adlard, [c.1855].
North American Indian Portfolio. London: 1844. 25 plates with original portfolio and text. CATLIN, GEORGE. 1796-1872. 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 & J.E. Adlard, [c.1855].
North American Indian Portfolio. London: 1844. 25 plates with original portfolio and text. CATLIN, GEORGE. 1796-1872. 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 & J.E. Adlard, [c.1855].
North American Indian Portfolio. London: 1844. 25 plates with original portfolio and text. CATLIN, GEORGE. 1796-1872. 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 & J.E. Adlard, [c.1855].
North American Indian Portfolio. London: 1844. 25 plates with original portfolio and text. CATLIN, GEORGE. 1796-1872. 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 & J.E. Adlard, [c.1855].
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