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

Name: 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. | Artist: George Catlin Media: Book | Year(s): 1841
George Catlin | 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. | 1841 | Book | Private Collection

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."