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Col. Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America with biographical sketches of the Principal Chiefs embellished with one hundred and twenty portraits from the Indian Gallery in the Department of War, at Washington. Three folio volumes: vol. I (Philadelphia: Edward C. Biddle, 23 Minor Street, 1836); vol. II (Philadelphia: Daniel Rice and James G. Clark, 132 Arch Street, 1842); and vol. III (Philadelphia: Daniel Rice and James G. Clark, 132 Arch Street, 1844). 120 lithographed plates with superb bright original hand color heightened with gum arabic: 117 portraits after King and 3 frontispieces after Rindisbacher and Bodmer; uncolored lithographed sheet with two maps and one chart: “Localities of all the Indian Tribes of North America in 1833,” “Present Localities of the Indian Tribes west of the Mississippi,” and “Statement showing the number of each tribe of Indians;” 17 pages of facsimile signatures of subscribers on 9 leaves. Includes original subscription wrappers and bindery instructions. All three volumes in original binding, with spine restoration: original boards, marbled end papers, and original spine leather overlay with seven compartments containing gilt title and decorations. Binding boards worn at corners. Vol. I front free endpaper, with minor cracking. Some foxing on text as usual, some staining at lower edges of text pages in vol. II. (See separate sheet for remarks on individual plates.) Very clean and bright condition, overall excellent.

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  The Russell B. Aitken Collection of Important Books by Ernest Thompson Seton. William R. Talbot Fine Art is proud to present an outstanding collection of books by Ernest Thompson Seton from the library of the late Russell B. Aitkin, the world-renowned big game hunter and patron of the arts. Seton, a renaissance man internationally recognized as a naturalist, author, and illustrator, is best known for his realistic animal tales, which combine the storyteller’s art with the scientist’s knowledge of natural history. Seton was born in England in 1860 and moved to Canada as a young man. Captivated by what he observed in nature, he became an authority on wildlife in Canada and the eastern United States and subsequently produced some forty-odd books filled with his own painstakingly observed drawings of animals. His lively prose and remarkable illustrations enabled readers to live vicariously in the wilderness he recreated. In 1902, Seton’s fascination with the lifestyle of Native Americans led him to establish the Woodcraft Indians in order to teach boys about the outdoor life. The organization later became part of the Boy Scouts of America, of which Seton is considered a co-founder. The collection offered below contains many first editions of Seton’s most significant books, some of which Seton signed and embellished with small animal drawings. This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a substantial body of masterful tales of nature and the wilderness, as well as important works of natural history by one of America’s greatest naturalists.

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  Wagner. Cartography of the Northwest Coast of America Henry R. Wagner, The Cartography of the Northwest Coast of America to the Year 1800. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1937. 2 Volumes. Limited first edition of 750 copies. Housed in original publisher's slipcase; volume II in dust jacket. A valuable reference guide to the maps of the northwest coast. Volume I contains the historical survey of the cartography and is illustrated with 40 reproductions of maps (12 of which are folding). Volume II contains a list of the maps with physical descriptions, notes and location of the original of each map, as well as an index and bibiliography.

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