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FOLIO FIRST EDITION (AMERICAN INDIANS.) McKenney, Thomas L.; and Hall, James. History of the Indian Tribes of North America. 120 hand-colored lithograph plates, 17 pages of facsimile subscriber signatures. , 4, 206; , 237; , 196,  pages. 3 volumes. Folio, contemporary 1/2 morocco gilt, worn, crude repairs to joints, backstrips coming detached; rehinged, intermittent foxing and wear, early repairs to a few leaves including first frontispiece plate, lacks the map sheet and binder's slip; early 20th century owner's inscriptions on flyleaves and versos of frontispieces, with related 1920 letter laid in. Philadelphia: Daniel Rice & J.G. Clarke, , , 
Estimate $25,000 - 35,000
first edition, final state. McKenney compiled this work 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 had been 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 ("b," describing this Rice printing as a reprint). "The grandest color plate book issued in the United States up to the time of its publication, and one of the most important of the century"--Reese, American Color Plate Books 24. BAL 6934 (source for collation; title pages in States E, C, and B); Sabin 43410a.
Provenance: Given in 1901 by a friend to Henry Richard Goetchius (1852-1925), a lawyer of Columbus, GA, who inscribed these volumes in 1901 and 1921. His home and library (presumably containing this set) were inherited by his niece Mary McKinley Wellborn and her husband Samuel Marshall Wellborn (1869-1949). The Wellborns sold the largely intact library to Charles Dexter Jordan Sr. (1898-1985) of Columbus (see the guide to the Dexter Jordan Papers at the Columbus State University Archives). This volume was purchased by the consignor from an Atlanta dealer circa the late 1980s.