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    McKenney and Hall's Third Octavo Edition of Indian Tribes of North America, with Bright and Clean Hand-Colored Plates

    Thomas L. McKenney, and James Hall. 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. Philadelphia: Published by D. Rice & A.N. Hart, 1855. Third octavo edition, considered by many to be the best of the octavo editions, due to the skill used in the coloring. Three large octavo volumes. Approximately 10.25 x 6.75 inches. iv, [3]-333, [1, blank]; xvii, [1, blank], [9]-290; iv, [17]-392 pages. Preface (pages 1-2) bound before contents leaf in Volume I (pages iii-iv). With 120 hand-colored lithographed plates (""Lith. Printed & Cold. by J.T Bowen"") heightened in gum arabic. Tissue guards. Bound in publisher's original full brown morocco, covers paneled in dark brown, spines ruled and tooled in dark brown and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, dark brown board-edges and turn-ins, original yellow coated endleaves. Spines a bit toned, some wear to bindings, a few gutters just starting, some minor scattered foxing throughout, some gutters slightly overopened. Plates are quite bright and generally very clean, with vibrant colors. Some offsetting from plates to some tissue guards. Overall, a near fine copy of this handsome title with beautiful plates.

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    Also with this set are two custom-built cases: one a quarter tan morocco cloth case with a lifting cover at rear; the other is a beautiful case custom-built in wood with metallic silver spines and with brass engraved plaques, copper eagle motifs imbedded with turquoise stones, with a sliding lid at the rear. The tan morocco case is very good, and the wooden case is fine (the cases are a bit too small for the entire set to be housed). From the John McLaughlin/Book Sail Collection.

    The majority of these plates are after the original paintings by Charles Bird King, most of which perished in a fire at the Smithsonian in 1865.

    Sabin 43412 (the 1854-1856 octavo edition). Field 992. Howes M129.

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