North American Indians - Being Letters and Notes on their Manners, Customs, and Conditions, Written during Eight Years Travel amongst the Wildest Tribes of Indians in North America, 1832-1839 - George Catlin 1913 - Leary, Philadelphia Later edition of Caitlin’s monumental and pioneering work, two large volumes in magnificent gilt and black illustrated cloth covers, the text and plates matching the first edition of 1841. Prolifically illustrated with 324 colour plates and three colour maps (one of which is folding).

‘Catlin visited forty-eight tribes in the Mississippi and Missouri valleys and on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains during his eight years’ travel. His object was to paint portraits of men and women in every tribe, together with views of villages, games, etc.

The two volumes are a series of fifty-eight letters written while the author was among the Indians. They form an unusually entertaining narrative of travels in an almost unknown region, and at the same time are of great value in their descriptions of Indian life’.
  References: Larned, Literature of American History, 616. Howes C-241. Wagner-Camp, Plains and the Rockies 1800-1865, 84

Two thick large octavo volumes (book size 26.3x18cm), pp. ix [3] 298 [2]; xii 303 [1]. In publisher’s burgundy cloth, lettered and intricately decorated in gilt and black to spines and upper boards, top edges gilt others untrimmed.
  Condition: Near fine, gilt bright and sharp, minor wear to spine ends and corners, foxing to endpapers.   Ref: 111493   Price: HK$ 16,000