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    Edward S. Curtis. Prospectus for the Twenty-Volume Set, The North American Indian.

    The North American Indian, Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing the Indians of the United States and Alaska. Written, illustrated and published by Edward S. Curtis. Edited by Frederick Webb Hodge. Foreword by President Theodore Roosevelt. Field research conducted under the patronage of J. Pierpont Morgan. In twenty volumes. First and second volumes published in the year Nineteen Hundred and Seven.

    Slim wraps (sixteen pages of content) measuring 12.5 x 9.5 inches. Three photogravure plates.

    Sewn wraps with tan paper covers and cream rough-trimmed pages. Simple black type title to front cover. Covers show moderate wear and some smudges; shallow creases at two corners. Plates have discolored facing pages. Small stains to bottom of two pages. Overall, a very good copy.

    Curtis' prospectus for the planned twenty-volume history of the North American Indian, the landmark publication funded by J. P. Morgan. This prospectus includes: Curtis' outline of the prospective set; President Theodore Roosevelt's Foreword; Curtis' Introduction; one page of the chapter titled "Apache History"; an Open Letter From Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Francis E. Leupp; and blurbs touting Curtis' artistry by Scribner's George Bird Grinnell, President Theodore Roosevelt, the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (C. Purdon Clarke), and an extract of a letter from the chief of the Bureau of American Ethnology (William Holmes). Also included are three photogravure plates: "The Fool - Apache"; "Navaho Medicine Man"; and "Tonenili, Tobadzischini, Nayenezgani - Navaho."


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