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"NOTHING SHORT OF THE LOSS OF MY LIFE SHALL PREVENT ME FROM BECOMING THEIR HISTORIAN": CATLIN'S NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS, 1841 SECOND EDITION, SIGNED AND DATED BY CATLIN IN EACH VOLUME

CATLIN, George. Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians. London, 1841. Two volumes. An exceptional copy of Catlin's North American Indians, boldly signed "Geo. Catlin of Wyoming, Penna. 1842" in each volume. This is the second edition, published the same year as the first, and contains three maps (one folding) and over 300 plates. $13,800.

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"IMMEDIATELY BECAME THE BASIS FOR MANY OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS OF MEXICO"

(MEXICO) LINATI, (Claudio). Costumes et Moeurs du Mexique. London, 1830.

First English edition of this early lithographic plate book on Mexico, with 33 vibrantly hand-colored lithographs of Mexican costumes, customs, and historic personages, in nicely restored original cloth. $12,500.

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“THE FIRST ACCOUNT OF AN OCEAN-TO-OCEAN CROSSING OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT”

MACKENZIE, Alexander. Voyages from Montreal on the River St. Laurence. London, 1801.

First edition of this cornerstone North American exploring narrative, complete with frontispiece portrait and three large folding maps of North America—the largest measuring approximately 31 by 20 inches and hand-colored in outline. “Of consummate importance in the literature of transcontinental travel… Mackenzie’s account of the fur trade is of almost equal interest” (Graff 2630). $12,000.

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TWO BEAUTIFUL, LARGE, VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS OF SIOUX CHIEFS BY FRANK A. RINEHART

(RINEHART, Frank A.). Two Large Native American Photographic Portraits. Omaha, 1896.

Two splendid large photographic portraits of Native American (Sioux) chiefs—Chief Hollow Horn Bear of the Lakota Sioux, on the left, and Chief Afraid of Eagle, of the Oglala Sioux, who participated in the Battle of Little Bighorn, on the right—by renowned photographer Frank A. Rinehart. Both images are vintage enlarged negatives (internegatives) that would have been used by Rinehart or his studio for producing large prints, and show remarkable detail, clarity, and fine tonal gradation. $12,000.

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“A HIGH AUTHORITY TO LATER WRITERS”

STITH, William. The History of the First Discovery and Settlement of Virginia. London, 1753.

First English edition of one of the first colonial histories written in the colonies, partly based on Captain John Smith's writings, of whom Stith wrote, "I take him to have been a very honest man and a strenuous lover of the truth." Handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by Bedford. $9800.

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“THE FOUNDER OF NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE”

OCCOM, Samson. Sermon, Preached at the Execution of Moses Paul. New-London, 1772.

Second edition, issued mere weeks after the exceedingly rare first edition—"the first monograph to be published by a North American Indian in English"—Occom's fiery 1772 Sermon, authored at the request of the condemned Moses Paul "to publicize the racial injustice of his murder trial and subsequent execution," delivered by Occom in Connecticut with America on the brink of Revolution, with woodcut-engraved "death's head" on title page. An exceptional copy. $9200.

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FALKNER'S DESCRIPTION OF PATAGONIA, SCARCE 1774 FIRST EDITION, WITH TWO LARGE (30 BY 20 INCHES) FOLDING MAPS

(PATAGONIA) FALKNER, Thomas. A Description of Patagonia. Hereford, 1774.

First edition of this fascinating 18th-century account of Patagonia and South America, with two important large folding maps by Thomas Kitchin of South America, both measuring approximately 30 by 20 inches. $9000.

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“FIRST ATTEMPT AT A HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA”

(CALIFORNIA) VENEGAS, Miguel. A Natural and Civil History of California. London, 1759. Two volumes.

First edition in English of the “first attempt at a history of California” and an essential resource “regarding the original condition of the Indians of any part of North America,” published only a year after the first edition in Spanish, with engraved folding map of California, engraved frontispiece in each volume, and two copper-engraved plates of native life, which “appear to have been issued with but few copies” (Cowan, 238, 639), in contemporary calf bindings. $8500.

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“SOMETHING OF INTEREST IN EVERY PART OF THE WEST”

KEELER, W. J. National Map of the Territory of the United States. Washington, 1867.

First edition of one of the most important late 19th-century maps of the American West, locating deposits of gold, silver, copper, quicksilver, iron and coal. $8000.

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