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    George Catlin. Westward Bound A Hundred Years Ago. El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1939. First edition, limited to 115 hand-numbered and signed copies of which this is number 80. Signed by illustrator Tom Lea on the limitation page. 4to, 10 pages printed on the recto side only. With sketches by Tom Lea throughout text. Quarter-bound gray paper over yellow printed boards; clear dust jacket. Dust jacket has repair work on back, but otherwise a beautiful copy in fine condition.

    While reading Catlin's Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians, artist Tom Lea stumbled upon a page where "Catlin's thick-spread prose was a song to me - the song of that old traveler's heart, and the West a cry of freedom. Every paragraph asked its own page and every page its picture." At the time of original issue only 57 copies were bound. Due to slow sales it was only in 1944, five years after the original publication, that the remaining books were bound, including this beautiful volume, one of only six bound in cloth.

    Reference: Lowman 11.


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