Edinburgh: John Grant, 1926.
With 320 color illustrations, printed on 180 plates, carefully engraved from the author's original paintings; includes 3 maps, 1 of which is a fold-out. 2 volumes. xii, 298; xii, 303 pages. Thick royal 8vos, publisher's burgundy cloth, with gilt & black-stamped pictorial covers and spines; uncut edges, top edge gilt. Edinburgh: John Grant, 1926. First edition thus. An ex-library copy with perforated stamp on title pages and very faint discoloration at spine feet from neatly removed labels; previous owner's attractive bookplate on pastedown, else a very near fine copy, bright and tight.
"Catlin visited forty-eight tribes in the Mississippi and Missouri valleys and on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains during his eight years' travel. His object was to paint portraits of men and women in every tribe, together with views of villages, games, etc. The two volumes are a series of fifty-eight letters written while the author was among the Indians. They form an unusually entertaining narrative of travels in an almost unknown region, and at the same time are of great value in their descriptions of Indian life" -- Larned 616.
Illustrator: George Catlin
Condition: Near Fine