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McKenney & Hall's Indian Tribes of North America 1872  

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History of the Indian Tribes of North America with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs

McKenney, Thomas L. [& James Hall]


D. Rice & Co.



Two volumes. [2], iv, [3]-450; iv, [5]-541 pp. Illustrated with 99 plates, both color lithographs and hand-colored plates. (Large 8vo) 27x19.5 cm (10¾x7½"), period full straight-grain red morocco, gilt floral borders, spines ruled and lettered in gilt and with gilt-topped raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled.

First published in folio from 1836-1844. Howes says that "these are the most colorful portraits of Indians ever executed...The original oil paintings of which the plates were copied were all destroyed in the 1865 Smithsonian fire." The paintings were the work of artist Charles Bird King, who was employed by the War Department to paint the Indian delegates visiting Washington D.C. Although the title-page calls for 100 plates, the contents lists only 99, as present here. For this edition some of the original lithographic stones were replaced by chromolithographs, but most of the plates are hand-colored. Gilt ownership stamp of J.K. Prior on front covers. Prior was an early San Francisco plumbing contractor and millionaire. See Howes M129.

Lot Amendments

Bindings rubbed, slight lean to spines, hinges cracked; light to moderate foxing, one plate reinserted with old cello tape; very good.

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