Illustrations of the Manners, Customs & Condition of the
North American Indians. With Letters and Notes, Written during
Eight Years of Travel and Adventure among the Wildest and
Most Remarkable Tribes Now Existing. By George Catlin.


Published by Henry G. Bohn, London
(1845)


Original Engravings nearly 170 years old!
Sheet size: approximately 6 1/8 x 9 7/8 inches
[also available are the 1876 color lithographs]

George Catlin's paintings comprise the first important pictorial record of the Plains Indians and their then little-known homelands west of the Mississippi River. "Catlin's Indian Gallery," as the dedicated artist himself called it, consisted of hundreds of portraits of Indians, scenes of Indian life, and landscapes of a wilderness scarcely changed through the millennia. In his notebooks and on canvas, the young Pennsylvania lawyer captured much of an American that was swept away a century ago by the westward-pressing settler.

Catlin made these dramatic paintings on a series of journeys into largely unmapped Indian country between 1830 and 1836. For the first time, Americans in the eastern states saw the Pawnees, the tall Blackfeet and Crows, the Sioux, and the wild Comanches. They saw wide prairies teeming with buffalo, the turbulent Missouri River, and the giant grizzly bear. They saw villages of hundreds of graceful teepees and peered into the dim interiors of comfortable earth lodges, and witnessed the four-day torture ceremony of the Mandans.

The Plains Indians of Catlin's portraits were still proud and dignified, unlike their cousins on eastern reservations. Freed by the acquisition of the horse from the restrictions of hunger and scarcity, they were riding the crest of a new richness and power.

But they, too, were fated to lose in the encounter with western civilization—and Catlin knew it. "Art may mourn when these people are swept from the earth," he wrote, "and the artists of the future ages may look in vain for another race so picturesque in their costumes, their weapons, their colours, their manly games, and their chase...."

[ref.: "Letters and Notes..." introduction by Marjorie Halpin (Dover, 1973).]

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George Catlin
as painted by William Fisk, 1849

"I sat out alone, unaided and unadvised, resolved, (if my life should be spared), by the aid of my brush and my pen, to rescue from oblivion so much of their primitive looks and customs as the industry and ardent enthusiasm of one lifetime could accomplish."

GEORGE CATLIN, ca. 1842

 

PLEASE CLICK ON A THUMBNAIL FOR AN ENLARGED VIEW
(Due to the age and type of paper used, some foxing may be present.)

The author painting a Chief at the base of the Rocky Mountains
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Frontispiece

The author painting a Chief at the base of the Rocky Mountains

$75

Indian localities in 1833
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Frontispiece

Outline map of Indian Localities in 1833.

$200
[with folds as issued]

Fort Union, view of the Missouri River
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Plates 3-4

Fort Union, 1832

View of the Missouri River, filled with snags and rafts formed by trees which have been undermined by the falling alluvial banks

$20

Prairie bluffs above the Poncas
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Plates 5-6

Beautiful prairie bluffs above the Poncas

Prairie bluffs

$20

Buffalo Bull and Cow
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Plates 7-8

Buffalo bull

Buffalo Cow

$40

Batiste and Catlin buffalo
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Plates 9-10

Batiste [sic] and Catlin running buffalo

Wounded buffalo

$30

Buffalo's Back Fat, head chief
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Plate 11

Stu-mick-o-sucks, Buffalo's Back Fat, head chief

$45

Grandson and wife of Buffalo's Back Fat
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Plates 12-13

Grandson of Buffalo's Back Fat

Eeh-nis-kin, Crystal Stone, wife of Buffalo's Back Fat

$25

Pe-toh-pee-kiss, Eagle's Ribs
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Plate 14

Pe-toh-pee-kiss, Eagle's Ribs

$45

ALSO AVAILABLE FRAMED, FROM THE 1876 COLOR LITHOGRAPH EDITION

Iron Horn, Woman Who Strikes Many
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Plates 16-17

In-ne-o-cose, Iron Horn

Ah-kay-ee-pix-en, Woman Who Strikes Many

$40

Wardrobe appendages of an Indian
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Plate 18

Wardrobe appendages of an Indian

$30

Medicine man in curing costume
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Plate 19

Medicine man in curing costume

$50

Crow lodge
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Plate 20

Crow lodge

$45

Sioux moving camp, Sioux encamped
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Plates 21-22

Sioux moving camp

Sioux encamped

$45

Four Wolves, Red Bear, Two Crows, Woman who lives in a Bear's Den
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Plates 24-27

Chah-ee-chopes, Four Wolves

Oo-je-en-a-he-ha, Woman Who Lives in a Bear's Den

Dunk-pits-a-hoe-shee, Red Bear

Paris-ka-roo-pa, Two Crows, the Younger

$30

Pigeon's Egg Head, Fire bug that creeps, he who has eyes behind him, wife of
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Plates 28-31

Wi-jun-jon, Pigeon's Egg Head

Chin-cha-pee, Fire Bug that Creeps, wife of Pigeon's Egg Head

Bro-cas-sie, He Who Has Eyes Behind Him (also known as Broken Arm)

Tow-ee-ka-wet, wife of He Who Has Eyes Behind Him

$30

Pipe Dance
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Plate 32

Pipe Dance

$35

Greater Wonder, Assiniboine woman and child
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Plates 33-34

Greater Wonder, a Cree woman carrying her baby in her robe

Assiniboin woman and her child

$30

The Six and wife
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Plates 35-36

Sha-co-pay, The Six, chief of the Ojibbeways

Wife of Sha-co-pay

$25
[foxing]

Brick Kilns of St. Louis
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Plates 37-38

The "Brick Kilns," Clay Bluffs above St. Louis

The "Brick Kilns," a Far View

$25

Big Bend, shooting Antelope
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Plates 39-40

Big Bend on the Upper Missouri
above St. Louis

Shooting Antelope

$25

The Grand Dome, prairie dogs
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Plates 41-42

"The Grand Dome"

Community of prairie dogs

$25


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Plates 43-44

Solitary clay bluff

"The Three Domes," a group of clay bluffs above the Mandans

$25

Mandan village scenes
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Plates 45-46

Distant view of Mandan village

Interior of a Mandan lodge

$30

Mandan Village, Mandan Cemetery
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Plates 47-48

Bird's eye view of Mandan village

Back view of Mandan village, showing cemetery

$40

Wolf Chief
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Plate 49

Ha-na-tah-nu-mauh, Wolf Chief, head chief of the tribe

He who rushes through middle, mouse colored feather, mint, mink
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Plates 50-53

Mah-tahp-ta-ha, He Who Rushes through the Middle

Seehk-hee-da, Mouse Colored Feather

Sha-ko-ka, Mint

Mi-neek-e-sunk-te-ca, Mink

$30

Deceiving Wolf and his family
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Plate 54

San-ja-ko-kah, Deceiving Wolf, and his family

$40

Old Bear medicine man
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Plates 55

Mah-to-he-hah, Old Bear, a medicine man

$45

Mandan Buffalo Dance
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Plate 56

Mandan Buffalo Dance

$40
[foxed]

Mandan boys in sham fight
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Plate 57

Mandan boys in sham fight

$20
[foxed]

Rainmaker, tchung-kee game
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Plates 58-59

Rainmaker

Tchung-kee game

$30
[some foxing]

Rainmaker, tchung-kee game
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Plates 58-59

Rainmaker

Tchung-kee game

$30
[some foxing]

Mandan archery contest
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Plate 60

Mandan archery contest, "The Game of the Arrow"

$25
[some foxing]

Mandan horse racing
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Plate 61

Mandan horse racing on a race course in back of the village

$30

Catlin at a feast with Four Bears
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Plate 62

Catlin at a feast with Four Bears

$50

Mandan war party in council
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Plate 63

Mandan war party in council

$35

Mah-to-toh-pa, Four Bears
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Plate 63

Mah-to-toh-pa, Four Bears

$50

robe
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Plate 65a

robe of Mah-to-toh-pa

$30

robe detail
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Plate 65b (Figures 1-4)

robe of Mah-to-toh-pa

$25

robe details
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Plate 65c (Figures 5-7)

robe of Mah-to-toh-pa

$25

robe details
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Plate 65d (Figures 8-11)

robe of Mah-to-toh-pa

$30

Interior of a Mandan medicine lodge
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Plate 66

Interior of a Mandan medicine lodge

$30

Bel-lohck-mah-pick, the Bull Dance
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Plate 67

Bel-lohck-mah-pick, the Bull Dance

$45

Pohk-hong, the Cutting Scene
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Plate 68

Pohk-hong, the Cutting Scene

$50

The last race
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Plate 69

Eh-ke-nah-ka-nah-pick, the Last Race

$35
[some foxing]

Hidatsa village and vapour baths
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Plates 70-71

Hidatsa village showing earth-covered lodges on Knife River, above St. Louis

Vapour baths of the Hidatsa

$35
[some foxing]

Black Moccasin
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Plate 72

Eeh-to-k-pah-shee-pee-shah, Black Moccasin, an aged chief

$40
[some foxing]

red thunder and wife
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Plate 73-74

Ee-a-chin-che-a, Red Thunder, son of Black Moccasin

Seet-se-be-a, Midday Sun

$35

Green corn dance
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Plate 75

Green Corn Dance of the Hidatsa

$35

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