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The George Catlin Indian Gallery in the U.S. National Museum (Smithsonian Institution) with Memoir and Statistics (First Edition, 2 Volumes, Maps (Altas)]

Donalson, Thomas. George Catlin.

Editorial: Government Printing Office, Washington, 1887
Condición: Poor Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Hirschfeld Galleries (Saint Louis, MO, Estados Unidos de America)

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FIRST EDITION, first printing. Full red library binding with gilt lettering on the spine, heavily worn, lightly soiled, cloth has bled a little. Complete with 7 maps, 3 folding, some in color, the maps are in fair plus to VERY GOOD condition, binding is weak. Overall a FAIR condition set. George Catlin (July 26, 1796 December 23, 1872) was an American painter, author and traveler who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West. Catlin was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Following a brief career as a lawyer, he produced two major collections of paintings of American Indians and published a series of books chronicling his travels among the native peoples of North, Central and South America. Claiming his interest in America s 'vanishing race' was sparked by a visiting American Indian delegation in Philadelphia, he set out to record the appearance and customs of America s native people. Catlin began his journey in 1830 when he accompanied General William Clark on a diplomatic mission up the Mississippi River into Native American territory. St. Louis became Catlin s base of operations for five trips he took between 1830 and 1836, eventually visiting fifty tribes. Two years later he ascended the Missouri River over 3000 km to Ft Union, where he spent several weeks among indigenous people still relatively untouched by European civilization. He visited eighteen tribes, including the Pawnee, Omaha, and Ponca in the south and the Mandan, Cheyenne, Crow, Assiniboine, and Blackfeet to the north. There, at the edge of the frontier, he produced the most vivid and penetrating portraits of his career. Later trips along the Arkansas, Red and Mississippi rivers as well as visits to Florida and the Great Lakes resulted in over 500 paintings and a substantial collection of artifacts. When Catlin returned east in 1838, he assembled these paintings and numerous artifacts into his Indian Gallery and began delivering public lectures which drew on his personal recollections of life among the American Indians. Catlin traveled with his Indian Gallery to major cities such as Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and New York. He hung his paintings "salon style" side by side and one above another to great effect. Visitors identified each painting by the number on the frame as listed in Catlin s catalogue. Soon afterwards he began a lifelong effort to sell his collection to the U.S. government. The touring Indian Gallery did not attract the paying public Catlin needed to stay financially sound, and Congress rejected his initial petition to purchase the works, so in 1839 Catlin took his collection across the Atlantic for a tour of European capitals. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de ref. de la librería 003670

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Título: The George Catlin Indian Gallery in the U.S....

Editorial: Government Printing Office, Washington

Año de publicación: 1887

Encuadernación: Full Cloth

Condición del libro: Poor

Edición: First Edition

Tipo de libro: Hardcover

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Hirschfeld Galleries, Established in 1930, is a full-line used, collectible, rare, and antiquarian book dealer located in Saint Louis, Missouri. Our collection comprises over 100,000 items, collected over 5 generations. We specialize in fine bindings, first editions, private press, early printed, and incunabula. We are happy to consult to institutions, private collectors, and the trade. We can offer appraisals, rare book searches, and collection advice.

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