The American Aboriginal Portfolio

Philadelphia: Lipppencott Grambo & Co., 1853. 84pp, 26 steel engravings plus engraved title page. Rebound in handsome quarter leather and marbled boards. AEG, internally with only trivial foxing and offsetting, the plates crisp with all of the tissue guards present. The combination of Seth Eastman's engravings and his wife's brief narratives provide an authentic look at Indian life in the 1840's. Eastman was a career army officer whose frontier duty included a seven year assignment at Fort Snelling where he gained a rare understanding of and sympathy for the complex fabric of Indian culture. Most of the images here reflect his observations of Native American plains tribes, although one plate, Emigrants Attacked by Camanches, reflects his 1848-9 tour of duty in Texas. Howes E17. Item #21927

Price: $1,800.00

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