New Haven: Overland Press, 2008. 46pp. Quarto. Printed pictorial wrappers. New. Item #WRCAM39883
J.O. Lewis produced the first major color plate book on American Indians, published in Philadelphia between 1835 and 1838. Lewis, a self-taught artist, based the hand colored lithographs in the book on original paintings done mostly around the Great Lakes in the 1820s. This work provides biographical details on Lewis, as well as examining in detail the somewhat mysterious history of his book, the ABORIGINAL PORTFOLIO. Extensively illustrated with images from the PORTFOLIO, the present work also provides an ideal plate order for the eighty unnumbered plates found in a complete set. An essential reference work in American color plate books, Western American art, and American Indian iconography.