Apr 07, 2022 - Sale 2600

Sale 2600 - Lot 6

Price Realized: $ 8,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 18,000
(AMERICAN INDIANS.) James Otto Lewis. [The Aboriginal Port-Folio . . . of the Most Celebrated Chiefs of the North American Indians.] 56 [of 80] hand-colored lithographic plates. 3 text advertisement leaves (all issued). Folio, lacking boards and backstrip but remaining bound with original worn flyleaves; intermittent dampstaining, moderate foxing, minor wear, lacking the final 3 numbers as well as the collective title page, plates numbered in pencil in upper corners; early pencil signature on flyleaf. Philadelphia, 1835-[1836]

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The first of the large illustrated folio publications devoted to the American Indians, preceding the work of McKinney & Hall and Catlin. It was issued in 10 parts of 8 plates each, but complete volumes are almost never seen, as the last two parts were issued in much smaller print runs. The plates were lithographed by George Lehman and Peter S. Duval after original paintings done on the midwestern frontier by Lewis, mostly in the mid-1820s while on treaty expeditions with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Field 936; Howes L315 ("b"); Reese, Stamped with a National Character 23; Sabin 40812.