First Edition of George Turner's Traits of Indian Character; Finely Bound
Traits of Indian Character; As Generally Applicable to the Aborigines of North America.
Item Number: 88453
Philadelphia: Key & Biddle, 1836.
First editions of this collection of Indian customs, including Chippewa, Osage, Pawnees, Senecas, Indians of California. Octavo, 2 volumes, finely bound in full polished red calf by Root & Son, gilt ruled and stipple borders, quiver, bow, and arrow gilt corner devices, Native American portrait with crossed pipe and hatchet at centers, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, morocco labels, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, custom slipcase. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
An interesting collection of anecdotes and accounts concerning Indian customs. Turner states in his introduction that he sought to record for posterity the traits of North American Indians before their complete extinction. Includes a brief account of George Catlin's experiences and Indian portraits. Descriptions of Mandans, Chippewas, Osages, Indians of California, Pawnees, Senecas, Towea, Natches, and other tribes. Howes T423. Field 1580 Sabin 97483.