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The Indian Tribes of North America /: McKenney, Thomas L.,

McKenney, Thomas L., and James Hall / With an Introduction by H.J. Braunholtz

Published by John Grant, Edinburgh (1934)

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Item Description: John Grant, Edinburgh, 1934. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Illustrated with 123 full-page plates in colour, chiefly by Charles Bird King, from the Indian Gallery (illustrator). This is a large octavo in original blue cloth-covered boards, blindstamped to front with image of two Indian warriors on horseback. This is the 1934 reprinting (John Grant, Edinburgh) of a book originally published 1837-1844. All color portraits are present and properly bound in place with their tissue guards; the two folding color maps are also in nice condition and properly bound in, at rear. Thomas McKenney, United States superintendent of Indian trade in Georgetown, then port of entry for the District of Columbia, conceived the idea of developing a government collection of portraits of prominent Indians who visited Washington. McKenney engaged the services of Charles Bird King (1785-1862), a well known Washington portraitist, who had studied under the great Benjamin West and others, to paint this series of portraits. King painted from life Indian leaders of at least twenty tribes. Fortunately, these portraits were handsomely reproduced as hand-colored lithographs in McKenney and Hall¿s three-volume classic, "History of the Indian Tribes of North America," because King¿s Indian Portraits were transferred to the Smithsonian Institution in 1858 when the National Institute was formally disbanded. Joseph Henry, the first secretary of the Smithsonian, placed the portraits in the Art Gallery on the second floor of the Smithsonian Building, and on the afternoon of Jan. 24, 1865, fire consumed the entire gallery. Fireproof walls and floors saved the rest of the building from complete destruction, and a few of the King paintings were carried out of the building during the first minutes of the fire, but the rest could not be saved. They are preserved only here. Also note here the introductory essay on "The Genuineness of the Portrait of Pocahontas" -- documenting how R.M. Sully copied his likeness from the remnants of an original portrait painted during the lady's visit to England, 1616-1617. This is the third volume (only) of three, the single volume totaling 356 pp. including index. Bookseller Inventory # 006103

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McKenney, Thomas L., and James Hall; edited by Frederick Webb Hodge

Published by John Grant 1933; 1934, Edinburgh (1933)

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Item Description: John Grant 1933; 1934, Edinburgh, 1933. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good dj. New edition. [just a bit of shelfwear and light bumping to bottom edges/corners, one-time owner's rubber-stamped signature on front pastedowns (both volumes); jackets are uniformly age-toned (somewhat more at spines), with general soiling and some wrinkling along the top edges, but with no tears or chips]. (2 photogravure ports.; 72 color plates; 2 maps) Regrettably incomplete set (Volumes I and III only; Volume II is not present) of this classic work, originally published in three folio volumes issued in 1836, 1838 and 1844. The introduction to this "New Edition," by editor Hodge, presents an account of the creation of the original work (including much biographical information about the authors) and an extensive bibliographical discussion of numerous editions that followed, in particular the history of the work's most notable feature: the color portraits of many Native Americans, primarily tribal chiefs. Because the portraits, which hung originally at the War Department and later at the Smithsonian Institution, had been painted from life (and predated the widespread use of photography), in many instances they represent the only existing images of their subjects; and because most of the originals were destroyed in the 1865 Smithsonian fire, only the published reproductions remain. This edition contained 123 color plates in all, of which 72 are present in the two volumes on offer, as are the two color maps, at the end of Volume III. NOISBN. Bookseller Inventory # 18953

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Item Description: Frederick W. Greenough, Philadelphia, PA, 1844. Cloth Covered Boards. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued. 1st Edition. Tthird volume of one of the most important early works published on the Native American. It holds some of the best American handcoloured plates ever produced in the 1800s, celebrated for its detailed portraits of various native chiefs and warriors of different tribes, painted originally by Charles Bird King, as commissioned by Thomas McKennedy. Illustrated with 23 fine original hand colored lithographic plates, providing beautiful portraits of notable 19th century Aboriginal leaders and warriors, including a portrait of Pocahantas. Contains 17 pages of lithographic facsimile signatures of the original subscribers (including kings. statesmen and more), and a map of Indian Territories in 1833, Present Location of Tribes west of the Mississippi (in 1843 and 1844). Probable library or prior owner recovered this volume; it is green buckram with gold lettering showing only mild wear. Some interior page edges were patched to keep the pages strong, long ago; no areas containing lettering were affected; all paintings in good to excellent condition. All portraits protected with bound in tissue. Bookseller Inventory # 303148

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