Catlin himself published the very scarce first colored issue with the plates printed on full sheets of paper, unmounted. Although Catlin planned on producing a series of thematic portfolios reproducing images from his Indian Gallery, the publication overextended his resources. The publication of his North American Indian Portfolio was taken over by Henry Bohn.

"These beautiful scenes in Indian life are probably the most truthful ever presented to the public" (Field). Catlin's eight years of field research and painting of forty-eight tribes produced this immensely rich record of Native Americans. "The history and customs of such a people, preserved by pictorial illustrations, are themes worthy the lifetime of one man, and nothing short of the loss of my life shall prevent me from visiting their country and becoming their historian"

References: Abbey Travel 653; Field 258; Howes C-243; Sabin 11532; Wagner-Camp-Becker 105a:1; William S. Reese, "The Production of Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, 1844-1876," unpublished paper; Schwerdt I, p.100 and IV, p.21.

Publisher: New York. J. Ackerman.




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Date Added: 2019-01-11

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