Illustrations of the Manners, Customs, and 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
About the Object
Illustrations of the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians... was one of the most widely circulated works on American Indians in the nineteenth century. This later edition was styled the "Tenth Edition" by London publisher Henry Bohn, who had taken over the publication of Catlin's best-selling book in 1845. Bohn had "twelve or more" copies specially colored by hand, and these were sold to discriminating buyers for $60 a set. This Deluxe issue of the famous "bespoke" edition is an example of one of the twelve copies with plates printed in outline and entirely colored by hand. While it is impossible to identify who colored them, most experts feel they could have been the work of either Rosa Bonheur or John Cullum, who were then in London working as Catlin copyists.