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McKenney, Thomas L. (Thomas Loraine), 1785-1859, author.

History of the Indian tribes of North America : with biographical sketches and anecdotes of the principal chiefs, embellished with one hundred and twenty portraits from the Indian Gallery in the Department of War at Washington / by Thomas L. McKenney, late of the Indian Department, Washington, and James Hall, Esq., of Cincinnati ; in three volumes.

Philadelphia : Published by J.T. Bowen, No. 14 Broad Street, 1848 [i.e. 1847]-1850.
Physical Description:
3 volumes : portraits ; 27 cm (4to)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
E77.M35 H57 1847+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Originally issued in printed wrappers dated from 1847-1850. Volume title pages and preliminaries for three vols. at end, respectively, of nos. 10, 22, 30.
"Philadephia T.K. & P.G. Collins, Printers, No. 1 Lodge Alley."--Verso of volume title pages.
"Lithd., Cold. & Published by J.T. Bowen, Philada."--Plates.
First edition published 1836-1844.
"Both authors ... saw their book as a way of preserving an accurate visual record of a rapidly disappearing culture. The text, which was written by Hall based on information supplied by McKenney, takes the form of a series of biographies of leading figures amongst the Indian nations, followed by a general history of the North American Indians. The work is now famous for its color plate portraits of the chiefs, warriors and squaws of the various tribes, faithful copies of original oils by Charles Bird King painted from life in his studio in Washington (McKenney commissioned him to record the visiting Indian delegates) or worked up by King from the watercolors of the young frontier artist, James Otto Lewis. All but four of the original paintings were destroyed in the disastrous Smithsonian fire of 1865, so their appearance in this work preserves what is probably the best likeness of many of the most prominent Indian leaders of the early 19th century." -- Reese.
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 43411
BEIN Zc12 +836mab Copy 1: Imperfect: parts 1-22 only. Bound in two vols. with the 22 original front wrappers and two back wrappers bound in at end.
BEIN Zc12 +836mab Copy 2: Imperfect: part 16 wanting. Original wrappers. Autograph on 17 of the front wrappers: R.M. Strattan, 242 Water Street. Bookplate of Paul Mellon. Ms. contract between Thomas L. McKenney and J.T. Bowen removed and added to Western Americana MS. file.
BAC E77.M35 H57 1847+: Plates are hand-colored. In printed wrappers in 30 parts.
Subject Terms:
Indians of North America -- Biography.
Indians of North America -- History.
Indians of North America -- Portraits.
Mellon, Paul -- Bookplate.
Strattan, Robert M. -- Autograph.
Printed wrappers (Binding)
Hand coloring.
Hall, James, 1793-1868, author.
Bowen, John T., approximately 1801-1856? publisher, lithographer.
King, Charles Bird, 1785-1862, illustrator.
Lewis, James Otto, 1799-1858, illustrator.
T.K. & P.G. Collins (Firm), printer.

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