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McKenney, Thomas, and Hall, James
'HISTORY OF THE INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA, WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES AND ANECDOTES OF THE PRINCIPAL CHIEFS'. PHILADELPHIA: EDWARD C. BIDDLE, FREDERICK W. GREENOUGH, DANIEL RICE AND JAMES G. CLARK, 1836, 1838, 1844
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
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152
McKenney, Thomas, and Hall, James
'HISTORY OF THE INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA, WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES AND ANECDOTES OF THE PRINCIPAL CHIEFS'. PHILADELPHIA: EDWARD C. BIDDLE, FREDERICK W. GREENOUGH, DANIEL RICE AND JAMES G. CLARK, 1836, 1838, 1844
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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McKenney, Thomas, and Hall, James
'HISTORY OF THE INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA, WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES AND ANECDOTES OF THE PRINCIPAL CHIEFS'. PHILADELPHIA: EDWARD C. BIDDLE, FREDERICK W. GREENOUGH, DANIEL RICE AND JAMES G. CLARK, 1836, 1838, 1844
3 volumes, folio (20 3/4 x 14 1/2 in.; 527 x 368 mm). 120 hand-colored lithographed plates, map, 17 pages of subscriber facsimile signatures; text variously foxed with offsetting and some staining as often found, but the plates, being on better stock, are generally spared with only occasional foxing and some repaired edge tears, one tear to a text leaf with loss. Contemporary red half morocco and pebbled cloth, spines richly gilt with raised bands; bands rubbed, some skinning at extremities. Original printed front wrappers to numbers 1-4, 7 and 9 and a rear wrapper listing the agents for the set by state from an unidentified number laid in, each with the ink ownership signature of Samuel Colt. Contemporary cloth boxes.
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Provenance

Samuel Colt (signatures on wrappers)

Literature

BAL 6934; Bennett 79; Field 992; Howes M129; Lipperheide Mc4; Reese, 'American Color Plate Books' 24; Sabin 43410a

Catalogue Note

First edition, subscriber Samuel Colt's copy. Colt is listed as a subscriber herein and the wrappers bearing his original ownership signatures are truly rare survivals.

A remarkably evocative copy given the influence Colt's invention had on the settlement of the western Indian territories. The present is a mixed issue of title pages, as often found.

"One of the most distinctive and important books in Americana" (Reese).

 

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