Mckenney, Thomas L. & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America... Philadelphia and London: [1842-1844]
Mckenney, Thomas L. & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America... Philadelphia and London: [1842-1844]
Mckenney, Thomas L. & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America... Philadelphia and London: [1842-1844]
Mckenney, Thomas L. & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America... Philadelphia and London: [1842-1844]
Mckenney, Thomas L. & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America... Philadelphia and London: [1842-1844]
Mckenney, Thomas L. & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America... Philadelphia and London: [1842-1844]
Mckenney, Thomas L. & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America... Philadelphia and London: [1842-1844]
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Mckenney, Thomas L. & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America... Philadelphia and London: [1842-1844]

Estimate: 140,000 - 180,000 USD

Mckenney, Thomas L. & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America... Philadelphia and London: [1842-1844]

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MCKENNEY, THOMAS L., AND JAMES HALL


HISTORY OF THE INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA, WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES AND ANECDOTES OF THE PRINCIPAL CHIEFS. PHILADELPHIA: DANIEL RICE AND J.G. CLARK; LONDON: CHARLES GILPIN, [1842-1842-1844]


3 volumes, folio (20 1/8 x 13 3/4 in.; 512 x 350 mm). 120 handcolored lithographed plates, including 117 portraits after C. B. King, 3 scenic frontispieces after Rindisbacher, leaf of lithographed maps and table, 17 pages of facsimile signatures of subscribers, leaf of statements on the genuineness of the portrait of Pocahontis; frontispiece of Vol. III just shaved, some foxing and offsetting. Contemporary light brown English, covers elaborately bordered and lettered on gilt, spines with raised bands in six compartments, gilt-lettered morocco labels to second and third, others with gilt motif, inner dentelles elaborately gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; minor rubbing, one or two corners bumped, a few nicks and scratches to calf, upper joint of Vol. II expertly restored.


The rare London issue (BAL states: Titles: volume 1, E; volume 2, C; volume 3, B. Plates: War Dance, F; Red Jacket, F)


An attractive copy of "one of the most costly and important [works] ever published on the American Indians" (Field), "a landmark in American culture" (Horan), and an invaluable contemporary record of a vanished way of life, including some of the greatest American hand-colored lithographs of the 19th century. Upon publication of the first edition, a small number of text and plates were sent to Charles Gilpin in London, who represented the work as "Agent for Great Britain and Ireland." Cancel titles, reset and undated, were printed in England with Gilpin's imprint added. This is perhaps the rarest of the folio issues of McKenney and Hall.


After six years as Superintendent of Indian Trade, Thomas McKenney had become concerned for the survival of the Western tribes. He had observed unscrupulous individuals taking advantage of the Native Americans for profit, and his vocal warnings about their future prompted his appointment by President Monroe to the Office of Indian Affairs. As first director, McKenney was to improve the administration of Indian programs in various government offices. His first trip was during the summer of 1826 to the Lake Superior area for a treaty with the Chippewa, opening mineral rights on their land. In 1827, he journeyed west again for a treaty with the Chippewa, Menominee , and Winnebago in the present state of Michigan. His journeys provided an unparalleled opportunity to become acquainted with Native American tribes. When President Jackson dismissed him from his government post in 1839, McKenney was able to turn more of his attention to his publishing project. Within a few years, he was joined by James Hall, the Illinois journalist, lawyer, state treasurer and from 1833 Cincinnati banker, who had written extensively about the west. Both authors, not unlike George Catlin, whom they tried to enlist in their publishing enterprise, saw their book as a way of preserving an accurate visual record of a rapidly disappearing culture. The text, which was written by Hall based on information supplied by McKenney, takes the form of a series of biographies of leading figures amongst the Indian nations, followed by a general history of the North American Indians. The work is now famous for its color-plate portraits of the chiefs, warriors, and squaws of the various tribes, faithful copies of original oils by Charles Bird King painted from life in his studio in Washington (McKenney commissioned him to record the visiting Indian delegates) or worked up by King from the watercolors of the young frontier artist James Otto Lewis. All but four of the original paintings were destroyed in the disastrous Smithsonian fire of 1865 so their appearance in this work preserves what is probably the best likeness of many of the most prominent Indian leaders of the early 19th century. Numbered among King's sitters were Sequoyah, Red Jacket, Major Ridge, Cornplanter, and Osceola.


LITERATURE:

BAL 6934; Field 992; Howes M129; Reese, Stamped With A National Character 24; Sabin 43410a


PROVENANCE:

F.C. Koch (bookplate to front pastedowns)

Condition Report

3 volumes, folio (20 1/8 x 13 3/4 in.; 512 x 350 mm). 120 handcolored lithographed plates, including 117 portraits after C. B. King, 3 scenic frontispieces after Rindisbacher, leaf of lithographed maps and table, 17 pages of facsimile signatures of subscribers, leaf of statements on the genuineness of the portrait of Pocahontis; frontispiece of Vol. III just shaved, some foxing and offsetting. Contemporary light brown English, covers elaborately bordered and lettered on gilt, spines with raised bands in six compartments, gilt-lettered morocco labels to second and third, others with gilt motif, inner dentelles elaborately gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; minor rubbing, one or two corners bumped, a few nicks and scratches to calf, upper joint of Vol. II expertly restored.


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