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    Edward S. Curtis Portfolio Photogravure "Medicine Crow - Apsaroke" Plate 117, copyright 1908. Original image size 10.25" x 15.5" with the plate number at upper left, title at lower left, and captioned at the bottom "From Copyright Photograph 1908 by E. S. Curtis" and "Photogravure John Andrew & Son". Matted and custom framed to an overall size of 21.5" x 25.5". The Crow (Absaroka) lived in the Yellowstone River valley. This photograph was included in Volume 4 of The North American Indian where Curtis writes, "The hawk fastened on the head is illustrative of the manner of wearing the symbol of one's tutelary spirit." Excellent condition.

    Between 1923 and 1928 Curtis relinquished his copyright to all the photographs and text for The North American Indian to the Morgan Company in exchange for the funds necessary to publish the remaining volumes. By that time, he had completed 17 of the 10 volumes. In 1935 the Morgan Company liquidated all assets of The North American Indian, Inc., selling 19 complete sets of The North American Indian, several thousand individual prints, and all of the 2200+ original copper plates to Charles Lauriat Books of Boston, Massachusetts for the sum of $1,000 plus future royalties. Lauriat finds buyers for his nineteen complete sets and then assembles fifty more, supplementing the unbound material with 'new prints on different paper' bringing the total number of marketed sets to 291". This is one of these prints and is considered to be an original, is not one of the 1970s/1980s restrikes.


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    February, 2007
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