LEWIS, James Otto (1799-1858). [Aboriginal Port Folio. Philadelphia, 1835-36.]
46 hand-colored lithographed plates (of 80; each approximately (470 x 290 mm). (Some occasional pale spotting, a few old tape repairs.) Loose, many matted.
FIRST EDITION of these fine plates. Scarcer than McKenney and Hall's History of the Indian Tribes, Maximilian's Reise in das Innere von Nord-America or Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, Lewis' work records the dress of the Potawatomi, Winnebago, Shawnee, Sioux, Miami, Fox, Iowa and other tribes at treaties of Prairie du Chien, Fort Wayne, Fond du Lac and Green Bay.
Publication of the work was costly and time consuming. The work was originally issued in 10 parts with 8 plates per number in printed wrappers. The publisher was forced into bankruptcy while part nine was in the press, however, reducing the edition and forcing part ten to be just barely finished and sparsely distributed. A projected eleventh part would have contained "Historical and Biographical Description of the Indians," but was never completed. The title (not present here) and three advertisement leaves are therefore the only text in the work, excluding that on the wrappers. Copies are found with 72 plates, rarely with 77 and very occasionally 80. Bennett p.68; Eberstadt 131:418; Field 936; Howes L315; Reese Stamped with a National Character 23; Sabin 40812. Sold as a collection of plates, not subject to return.
[With:] McKENNEY, Thomas and James Hall. Three hand-colored lithographs from the History of the Indian Tribes of North America: Spring Frog; J-Aw Beance, A Chippeway Chief; and Little Crow, A Sioux Chief. Each approximately 530 x 370 mm sheet.
[And with:] BODMER, Karl. Naopeh , Psihdjä-Sahpa. Hand-colored etched plate from Prince MAXIMILIAN ZU WIED-NEUWIED, published by London; Ackerman and Co., [1839-41]. 390 x 520 mm sight. (Some staining.) Matted, framed and glazed.