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    [James Otto Lewis. The Aboriginal Portfolio. Philadelphia, 1835-1836]. First edition. Folio (17.75 x 11.25 inches). With seventy-two hand-colored lithographed plates (out of eighty) by Lehman and Duval; the original folio broadside ad for parts one through three bound-in. Bound without the title-page (as is usual for this title). Contemporary half red morocco over red cloth boards, front board stamped in gilt (with gilt central Native American motif), spine tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands. White watered silk endleaves. All edges gilt. Rebacked, preserving the original spine. Some rubbing, minor thumbsoiling to binding, endleaves slightly soiled and foxed. Old tape repairs to verso of the following plates: Kee-O-Kuck; Sun-A-Get; A Winnebago Squaw. Still, a handsome, near fine copy of this rarity. Housed in custom-built three-quarter morocco clamshell case.

    Scarcer than McKenney and Hall's History of the Indian Tribes, Maximilian's Reise in das Innere von Nord-America or Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, Lewis' work records the dress of the Potawatomi, Winnebago, Shawnee, Sioux, Miami, Fox, Iowa and other tribes at treaties of Prairie du Chien, Fort Wayne, Fond du Lac and Green Bay. Publication of the work was costly and time consuming. The work was originally issued in ten parts with eight plates per number in printed wrappers. The publisher was forced into bankruptcy while part nine was in the press, however, reducing the edition and forcing part ten to be just barely finished and sparsely distributed. A projected eleventh part would have contained "Historical and Biographical Description of the Indians," but was never completed. The title (not present here) and three advertisement leaves are therefore the only text in the work, excluding that on the wrappers. Only one copy with all eighty plates has been at auction in the last thirty years. Bennett p.68. Eberstadt 131:418. Field 936. Howes L315. Reese Stamped with a National Character, 23. Sabin 40812.

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    September, 2017
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