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Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs and 
Conditions of the North American Indians

Volumes I and II

by George Catlin

Title Continues: ...written during eight years' travel amongst the wildest tribes of Indians in North America in 1832, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, and 39.  In two volumes with four hundred engravings, carefully engraved from his original paintings.

Custom binding signed as "Mansell Successor to Hayday." Stated 3rd edition from London: Tilt and Bogue, 1842.

Hardback is overall in GOOD condition.

  • Signed custom binding.
  • Half bound in leather and decorative paper; light scuffing to corners and edges with prominent wear to color on front and back cover.
  • Leather spines feature five raised bands and gilt designs; shows a few small spots and wear along edges.
  • Gilt to top page edge.
  • Binding is secure.
  • Features black and white line drawings.
  • Ex seminary library; library stamps on title and contents page of both volumes.
  • Some pages cut along edges with additionally wear and light discoloration.
  • Both volumes show chips missing from perimeter of covers. (See Photos)
  • Both volumes show some discoloration along the edges of front and back pastedowns with stickers adhered to upper left corner.
  • Both volumes show minimal foxing throughout with some foxing to illustrations otherwise interior is clean and text legible.
  • No writing, highlighting, underlining or other intentional marks.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • JS20160228

Vol 1: 264 pages; Vol 2: 266 pages. 7 by 10.25 pages.

A two volume set composed of a series of letters and line drawings that chronicle the author's exploration of early North America.

Volume I includes a brief biography of the author, a presentation of artifacts, his travels along the Yellowstone River, contact with the Mandan and Minatree villages, and a detailing of his travels to the mouth of the Teton River.

Volume II provides a more in-depth detailing of his travels with an emphasis on the life of the natives as a rudimentary ethnography that looks at cultural features such as spirituality, totem, song and dance, war, trade, illness, art and social organization. Additionally the author offers a genealogical analysis of the native's relation to the Jewish people through customs and anatomical similarities.

George Catlin (1796-1872) was an American painter, author, and traveler, who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West. Traveling to the American West five times during the 1830s, Catlin was the first white man to depict Plains Indians in their native territory. [Wikipedia]

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Binding: Hardcover
Subject: History
Topic: North America
Year Printed: 1841
Special Attributes: Set
Origin: European
Author: George Caitllin
Publisher: Tilt and Bogue
Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Original/Facsimile: Original
Region: Europe
Language: English
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