19 December 2002
CATLIN, George (1796-1872). O-Kee-Pa: A Religious Ceremony; and Other Customs of the Mandans. London: Trübner and Co., 1867.
4o (252 x 167 mm). Half-title. 13 chromolithographed plates after Catlin by Simonau & Toovey (some scattered pale foxing). Publisher's green gilt-decorated cloth, edges gilt (inner front hinge cracked, very minor wear to extremities).
FIRST EDITION, WITH THE VERY SCARCE 3-PAGE "FOLIUM RESERVATUM." The Mandans were practically desimated by smallpox in 1837, shortly after Catlin's visit. The present work, then, is an important historical record, preserving the Mandan buffalo dance ceremony, or O-Kee-Pa. In the preface is a letter from Prince Maximilian (see lot 192) who described the dance but did not see it first hand.
The "Folium Reservatum" is a very scarce survival, printed in an edition of approximately 25 copies in Philadelphia, 1867. Due to the sexually graphic nature of the frenzied buffalo dance, details of its practice were deemed too shocking for the public. The laid-in "Folium Reservatum" provided these details. Bennett, p.22; Field 262; Howes C244; Sabin 11543. (2)
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