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Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall: HISTORY OF THE INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA, WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES AND ANECDOTES OF THE PRINCIPAL CHIEFS. EMBELLISHED WITH ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY PORTRAITS, FROM THE INDIAN GALLERY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF WAR, AT WASHINGTON. Philadelphia: Frederick W. Greenough (vol. I) and Daniel Rice & James G. Clark (vols. II & III), 1838/1842/1844. Three volumes. 120 handcolored lithographic plates after Karl Bodmer, Charles Bird King, James Otto Lewis, P. Rindisbacher, and R.M. Sully; drawn on stone by A. Newsam, A. Hoffy, Ralph Trembley, Henry Dacre, and others; printed and colored by J.T. Bowen and others. Volume III with two lithographic maps and one table printed on recto of one leaf, 17pp. of lithographic facsimile signatures of the original subscribers. Expertly bound to style in half red morocco and period marbled boards, spine gilt with raised bands.

First edition of “one of the most costly and important ever published on the American Indians” (Field), “a landmark in American culture” (Horan), and an invaluable contemporary record of a vanished way of life, including some of the greatest American hand-colored lithographs of the 19th century.

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