Brussels and Leipzig: Carl Muquardt, [1846-]1848. First Edition thus. Translated into German by Dr. Heinrich Berghous. Imperial 8vo: x,,382pp, with 24 tissue-guarded hand-colored plates. Contemporary quarter calf, flat spine in five compartments, lettered and decorated in gilt, stamped in blind; marbled covers, edges and end papers. An excellent copy, binding tight and unmarred, moderate foxing (mostly marginal) to about half of text leaves but plates completely clean and richly colored. Continental editions of Catlin are quite scarce, and this offers reduced-scale versions of the plates in the North American Indian Portfolio at a fraction of the cost. Howes C 243b. Sabin 11539. Pilling 684. Graff 630. Near Fine. Item #BB1404
First German Edition (published originally in different form, in London, 1841), a hybrid of Catlin's two best known works, Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians (1841) and North American Indian Portfolio (1844). The text of this edition is an abridged version of Letters and Notes, while most of the plates are scaled-down versions of the large folio plates of the Indian Portfolio. "As graphic delineations of Indian hunting and dancing scenes, these plates rank next to those of Bodmer." (Howes) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.