Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians...Written During Eight Years' Travel [1832-1839] Amongst the Wildest Tribes of Indians in North America...With...Illustrations, Carefully Engraved from His Original Paintings. by George Catlin
About the Object
One of the most important works on American Indians published in the 19th century, Letters and Notes describes George Catlin's travels throughout the West. A lengthy positive review of Catlin's book-which was printed for general distribution-was published in the prestigious Edinburgh Review, and ends with a resounding endorsement: "As an artist, Mr. Catlin rightly judged that he could 'learn more in three years spent among the Indians, than by studying in New York for a lifetime.' Accordingly, his four hundred and odd paintings, rough and hasty sketches as they often are, are imbued with much of the free character of the originals; and bear witness that they are genuine portraitures from nature herself...we strongly recommend [Catlin's work]...to the perusal of all who wish to make themselves acquainted with a singular race of men, and system of manners, fast disappearing from the face of the earth; and which have nowhere else been so fully, and curiously, and graphically described."