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SCHOOLCRAFT (Henry Rowe): Information respecting the History, Conditions and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States: Collected and Prepared under the Direction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, ,

mixed early and first edition, volumes 1-5, each with half title and an additional engraved title page, 568; 608; 635; 668; 712pp large quarto, with a total of 277 [of 278] plates (no plate 29 in vol V but including the "Map of Kansas River", plate 43, p.159, vol.I, not found in later issues) including some with colour, steel engravings, maps + many wood-engraved illustrations), old circular armorial uninked embossed library paper-stamp on title occasionally repeated in text and on plate edges, modern library half red morocco, library shelf number in gilt at foot of spines, Philadelphia, Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1853, 1853, 1853, 1856, 1856. With: Nichols (Frances S.); Index to Schoolcraft's Indian Tribes of the United States, 257pp tall octavo, original paper wrappers, Washington, Smithsonian, 1954. PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. First published in 1851-57 in 6 volumes with Volume VI, being a summary and index, having the separate title of "History of the Indian Tribes of the United States" (and repeating much material from the earlier volumes, including illustrations. Later editions, as here, sometimes were issued without this 6th volume). This massive work constitutes the most important work concerning the American Indian, a foundation stone of ethnological studies in America, and by far the most extensive single work on the American Indian issued in the 19th century. Schoolcraft (1793-1864) "took part in a number of exploratory trips through the Mississippi Valley area while it was still largely a frontier wilderness. His reports of these constitute a major contribution to the knowledge of the frontier and of the Indians." -Basler. [The work contains] "a vast mass of really valuable material. It has indeed performed a very important service for Indian history, in collecting and preserving an immense amount of historical data. Vocabularies of Indian languages, grammatical analyses, legends of various tribes, biographies of chiefs and warriors, narratives of captivities, histories of Indian wars, emigrations and theories of their origin, are all related and blended. A very large number of beautiful steel engravings, representative of some phase of Indian life and customs, are contained in the work." - Field. The present copy is one of "several editions which were published with different wording of title [another title form is 'Historical and Statistical Information Respecting the History, Condition, and Prospects of the Indian Tribes']. Excellent illustrations, of considerable historical and ethnological value." - Boyd and Rips, United States Government Publications, p.248. The work was commissioned under the administration of Millard Fillmore, initiated by the Department of the Interior. Born near Albany, N.Y., Schoolcraft took part in a number of important early surveying expeditions before being appointed commissioner of Indian Affairs in 1822. With his headquarters at Sault Sainte Marie, he married the half-Ojibwa daughter of a local fur-trader, learned the Ojibwa language and began his ethnographical researches in earnest. He retained his position for almost twenty years and made full use of the unequalled opportunities it provided him. A change in government in 1841 resulted in the loss of his position. Moving back to the East, he continued his Native American studies and the first volume of the present work was published in 1851. The work was completed with the publication of the sixth summary volume in 1857. Howes notes that the work as a whole 'contains a vast mass of really valuable material. It has indeed performed a very important service for Indian history, in collecting and preserving an immense amount of historic data. Vocabularies of Indian languages, grammatical analyses, legends of various tribes, biographies of chiefs and warriors, narratives of captivities, histories of Indian wars, emigrations, and theories of their origin, are all related and blended in an extraordinary.... manner.' (Field p.353). The other aspect of the work that gives it immense additional value is the large body of work by Seth Eastman (1808-1875). Eastman, a serving officer in the U.S. Army, had trained as a topographical artist: a discipline which necessitated a rigorous almost 'photographic' approach to the subject and is ideally suited to the task of recording landscape, objects and individuals as accurately as possible. His work as a whole has ensured that he is now viewed as the foremost pictorial historian of Native American history and culture. The vast majority of the plates in the present work are either from his original drawings or from copies by him of others work. 'A very large number of beautiful steel engravings, representative of some phase of Indian life and customs, are contained in the work, but the most valuable of its illustrations are the drawings of weapons, domestic utensils, instruments of gaming and amusement, sorcery and medicine, objects of worship, their sculpture, paintings, and fortifications, pictograph writing, dwellings, and every form of antiquities.' (op.cit. p.353). WAGNER-CAMP 2036. HOWES S183 (third edition, "omitting Volume 6"). GRAFF 3699. SABIN 77870. FIELD 1377. SERVIES 3691. (Book ref. 21653)  £1800.00

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