London. 1841. Two volumes. viii,264; viii,266pp., plus errata slip and hundreds of plates and maps. Large octavo. Contemporary three-quarter morocco and marbled boards, spines gilt, t.e.g.; neatly rebacked, original spines laid down. Bookplates on front pastedowns. Light tanning, other internally clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM39605A
The first edition of Catlin's famous book, one of the most important works on American Indians published in the 19th century. Besides the description of his travels throughout the West, the book contains hundreds of line drawings of southern and western Indians, as well as two significant maps showing the locations of Indian tribes. Catlin first went west in 1830, travelling extensively for the next six years accumulating his "Indian Gallery." LETTERS AND NOTES... was published when he brought the exhibition to London. WAGNER-CAMP 84:1. HOWES C241. STREETER SALE 1805. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 453, 454, 455. CLARK III:141. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 77.