History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principle Chiefs. Embellished with Forty-Four Portraits from the Indian Gallery in the War Department at Washington. In two volumes.

McKenney, Thomas L.; [James Hall, Charles Bird King, James Otto Lews, Peter Rindisbacher, Henry Inman]

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Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: D. Rice & Co.
Date Published: [c. 1874]
Book Id: 45190


450 & 541 pp. Quartos [28 cm]; contemporary 3/4 leather over blue cloth, gilt stamped titling and decorative design to the spines, ruling to boards. Marbled endsheets. Complete with all forty-four color plates called for in this edition; portraits of chiefs, leaders, and commoners of the tribes discussed throughout the volumes. Very good with some edgewear and rubbing to the edges and extremities of the boards. Short closed tear at the foot of the title page of volume one, some age toning to pages. Bindings square and tight, pages clean. Previous owner's name stamped neatly in black ink on the front flyleaves.


Thomas L. McKenny originally commisioned Charles Bird King to paint the portraits. James Otto Lewis, Peter Rindisbacher, and Henry Inman were also commissioned to help King produce paintings. To reach a wider audience, lithographs were made from the paintings, and James Hall was hired to write full biographies of each subject depicted. Subscriptions were then taken in advance at a price of $120 for a three volume set. The first volume was finished in 1836 and published by in E.C. Biddle in Philadelphia. The second and third volumes (1842-44) were finally published by D. Rice and J.G. Clark in Philadelphia.