Jun 27, 2024 - Sale 2675

Sale 2675 - Lot 2

Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
(AMERICAN INDIANS.) George Catlin. Illustrations of the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians. 3 color maps (one folding) among 180 numbered hand-colored plates. viii, 264; viii, 265, [1] pages. 2 volumes. Large 8vo (9½ x 6 inches), contemporary full morocco, minor wear; minimal foxing; marbled edges; early armorial bookplates on front pastedowns. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1866

Additional Details

Tenth edition, and the final edition offered with deluxe with hand-colored plates. Henry Bohn, who had bought Catlin's publishing rights, offered a small number of special hand-colored sets of the 5th through 10th editions for 10 guineas each, in addition to the more familiar sets with uncolored line engravings. The editions from 1876 onward had the plates printed in color. Field 260 (colored examples bring "nearly ten times the price of the plain copies"); Howes C241 ("b"); Reese, America Pictured to the Life 55; Sabin 11537 ("Mr. Bohn had twelve or more copies colored after the fancy of the artist who did the work, but tolerably well done").