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Catlin, George, 1796-1872, author, illustrator.

Catlin's North American Indian portfolio : hunting scenes and amusements of the Rocky Mountains and prairies of America / from drawings and notes of the author made during eight years' travel amongst forty-eight of the wildest and most remote tribes of savages in North America.

Additional Title(s):

North American Indian portfolio

London : Geo. Catlin, Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, [not before 1855]
London : J.E. Adlard, printer, Bartholomew Close
Physical Description:
12 pages, [25] leaves of plates : color illustrations ; 60 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio B 2018 6
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
"The second issue on card [published by Henry G. Bohn] - my fourth issue overall, necessitated a reprinting of the accompanying text. The letterpress was compressed onto 12pp., the titlepage was undated, and the printer was now identified as J.E. Adlard, the successor firm to C.J. Adlard. Since the J.E. Adlard imprint appears for the first time in 1855, this is the earliest possible date for the second card issue. Besides the different letterpress, this issue is distinguished by being mounted on smooth and glossy card stock, while the first card version is on a rougher stock with a matte finish. The coloring of this issue, in my experience, is the best of all versions, with superb, brilliant coloring, real millionaire's color. The Abbey-Mellon copy, for example, now at the British Art Center, is of this issue. In all, my census located eleven copies of the first-card issue and twelve copies of the second-card issue of the PORTFOLIO."--Reese, page 5.
The plates are un-captioned, numbered in graphite.
Reese, W. Production of Catlin's North American Indian portfolio, 1844-1876 (unpublished article), page 5
Wagner, H.R. Plains & the Rockies (4th ed.), 105a:1
Abbey, J.R. Travel in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, 653
BAC: British Art Center copy is the Abbey copy. Text and plates loose within original half morocco portfolio.
BEIN ZZc12 844cad: From the library of Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke. Plates numbered in ms., in a later hand. Text and plates loose within original half morocco portfolio.
Subject Terms:
Assiniboine Indians -- Pictorial works.
Beinecke, Carrie S. (Carrie Sperry) -- Ownership.
Beinecke, Frederick W. -- Ownership.
Choctaw Indians -- Pictorial works.
Dakota Indians -- Pictorial works.
Indian dance -- North America -- Pictorial works.
Indians of North America -- Clothing -- Pictorial works.
Indians of North America -- Hunting.
Indians of North America -- Pictorial works.
Indians of North America -- Portraits.
Indians of North America -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works.
Indians of North America -- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works.
Iroquois Indians -- Pictorial works.
Mandan Indians -- Pictorial works.
Osage Indians -- Pictorial works.
Pawnee Indians -- Pictorial works.
Lithographs -- Hand-colored -- 1855.
Bohn, Henry G. (Henry George), 1796-1884, publisher.
McGahey, J., active 1835-1855, lithographer.
Adlard, James Evan, printer.
Day & Haghe, printer of plates.

  • Plates (titles from letterpress): 1. Group of North American Indians, from life
  • 2. The American buffalo
  • 3. Wild horses at play
  • 4. Catching the wild horse
  • 5. Buffalo chase
  • 6. Buffalo chase
  • 7. Buffalo hunt. A numerous group
  • 8. Buffalo dance
  • 9. Buffalo hunt. A surround
  • 10. Buffalo hunt. White wolves attacking a buffalo bull
  • 11. Buffalo hunt. Approaching in a ravine
  • 12. Buffalo hunt. 'Chasing back.'
  • 13. Buffalo hunt. With a wolf-skin mask
  • 14. Snow-shoe dance
  • 15. Buffalo hunt, on snow-shoes
  • 16. Wounded buffalo bull
  • 17. Buffalo hunt. Dying bull in a snow-drift
  • 18. The bear dance
  • 19. Attack of the grizzly bear
  • 20. Antelope shooting
  • 21. Ball players
  • 22. Ball-play dance
  • 23. An Indian ball-play
  • 24. "Game of the arrow," or Archery of the Mandans
  • 25. Wi-Jun-Jon. The pigeon's egg head.

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