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30 January 2019

Catlin (George).

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Lot 16

Estimate: £300 - £400
Sold For: £270

Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs and Condition of the North American Indians, 2 volumes, 1st edition, London: published by the author, 1841,
frontispiece (unnumbered) and 176 plates numbered 3-312 with occasional lacunae (see note; numerous plates containing 2 or more discretely numbered images; a few plates unnnumbered), 3 maps of which 1 folding, errata slip to volume 1, plates spotted and offset, contemporary tan half calf, rubbed, light wear to headcaps, 8vo (23.7 x 15.2 cm)
Howes C-241; Sabin 11536; Wagner-Camp 84. Despite the erratic numbering the 177 plates and three maps in our copy appear to be the full complement. There are no plates numbered 1, 2, 23, 137, 149, 246 and 247. Wagner failed to locate a plate numbered 2, concluding that this was represented by the map, and it is likely that number 1 is represented by the frontispiece. Acording to Howes 'there were no plates 23, 113, 114, 137, 142, 149, 159, 246 or 247, but numbers 101 1/2, 210 1/2 and 3 unnumbered plates were added'. Our copy has all these added plates as well as a single plate containing two images numbered 113-14. The errata leaf contains the disclaimer: 'Although it may appear to the reader that there are several of the illustrations wanting, yet he will find that all the plates referred to in the text, are in the book, and in their places, as the author designed them, and the work therefore complete'.

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