6 December 2013
McKENNEY, Thomas L. (1785-1859) and James HALL (1793-1868). History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Philadelphia: Frederick W. Greenough (vol. I); Daniel Rice and James G. Clarke (vol. II), 1838-1842.
2 volumes (of 3), 2o (518 x 365 mm). 96 hand-colored lithographed plates. (Some occasional pale spotting, a few short marginal tears, some with repairs.) Contemporary brown half morocco (rubbed).
FIRST EDITION, mixed issue. Titles: volume I, state C ; volume II, state B. Plates: War Dance, state D; Red Jacket, state F. Contains errata slip in vol. II.
The practice of taking portraits of the principal American Indians who came to Washington had begun as early as 1824. Chiefly painted by Charles Bird King, they were deposited in the War Department. Col. McKenney, superintendent of Indian affairs at Washington, conceived of the plan of making a collection of biographies, enhanced by the addition of the portraits. A biographical sketch accompanies each portrait, and the work also contains a general history of the various Indian tribes within the borders of the United States. Bennett, p.79; BAL 6934; Field 992; Howes M129; Reese 24; Sabin 43410a. (2)
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