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(AMERICAN INDIANS.) McKenney, Thomas L.; and James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America. 121 hand-colored lithographic plates, including dedication to Washington. 3 volumes. Large 8vo, contemporary morocco gilt, moderate wear at extremities; front hinges just starting, intermittent foxing but plates generally quite fresh; early owner's inscriptions on front endpapers. Philadelphia, 1848-50
first octavo edition. McKenney compiled this set after serving as the United States Superintendent of Indian Affairs through 1830. It is most famous for its lithographs after the work of Charles Bird King, who was commissioned by McKenney to paint portraits of American Indian delegates visiting Washington from 1821 to 1830. "The most colorful portraits of Indians ever executed"--Howes M129. Miles and Reese, America Pictured to the Life 53; Sabin 43411. Provenance: George W. Turner inscriptions, 1851; Annie G. Crane inscriptions, 1878; Christie's London sale, 29 November 2000; collection of Roger Hollander.
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