This is an original first edition hard bound large folio book by Thomas L. McKenney (American, 1785-1859) and James Hall (American, 1793-1868) titled, "History of the Indian Tribes of North America believed to be published by Greenough and Rica & Clark, Philadelphia, 1838. The piece contains twelve hand colored etching illustrations of Native American Indians, Indian Tribes of North America map 1833, along with 17 pages of hand signed subscribers. The book is bound in a leather hard binding titled, "Indian Tribes of North America" in gilt lettering on the front and measuring 15 inches by 20 3/4 inches. The original title page appears to be missing and the first marked page is titled, "An Essay on the History of the North American Indians by James Hall" (starting at page 45). The entire book includes a total of approximately 160 to 175 pages (not included the tissue pages) and Part 1, 3, 4, of the Essays of Indians, Foke Luste Hajo, John Ridge, Chippeway Widow, Micanopy, Selocta, Kaipolequa, and The Genuineness of the Portrait of Pocahontas. The book includes a total of 12 hand colored etching illustrations such as Mon-Chonsia Kansas Chief, Jtcho-Tustinnuggee, David Vann a Cherokee Chief, Julcee-Mathla a Seminole Chief, Kee-She-Waa a Fox Warrior, Foke-Luste-Hajo a Seminole, John Ridge a Cherokee, A-Chippeway-Widow, Micanopy a Seminole Chief, Se-Loc-Ta a Creek Chief, O-Hya-Wa-Mince-Kee a Chippewa Chief, Apauly-Tustennuggee. The illustrations are mostly marked, “Published by Daniel Rice & James G. Clark, Philad., Drawn, Printed & Col. At the Lithographic & Print Colouring Establishmen, 94 Walnut St. Phila., Entered according to act of Congress in the Year of 1842 by James G. Clark in the Clerks office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pa.” Provenance: From the renowned Sundog Fine Art Bozeman, Montana collection and collected by Bruce VanLandingham. Bruce VanLandingham was a pillar in the American Indian collecting community and a respected expert. Along with being an avid collector Bruce also was the sole owner of Sundog Fine Art in Bozeman which was both part museum and gallery. The books shows much signs of use with missing and torn pages, but overall is considered to be one of the most important and historic books ever published on the American Indian with examples being sold at auction for as much as $97,000.
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