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Historical and statistical information respecting the history, condition, and prospects of the Indian tribes of the United States : collected and prepared under the direction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs per act of Congress of March 3rd, 1847 / by Henry R. Schoolcraft ; illustrated by S. Eastman ; published by authority of Congress

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Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe 1793-1864  Search this
United States Bureau of Indian Affairs  Search this
Jones, Alfred 1819-1900  Search this
Eastman, Seth 1808-1875  Search this
Newsam, Albert 1809-1864  Search this
Gibbs, George 1815-1873  Search this
Wagstaff, Charles Edward 1808-1850  Search this
Smillie, James 1807-1885  Search this
Brantz, Lewis  Search this
McRae, John C.  Search this
Williams, W (Wellington)  Search this
Illman & Sons  Search this
P.S. Duval & Son  Search this
Former owner:
Allen, Charles DSI  Search this
Houston, George S. DSI  Search this
Edie, J. R (John Rufus) b. 1870 DSI  Search this
Doerner, Julius DSI  Search this
University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign campus) Library DSI  Search this
Worcester Society of Antiquity (Worcester, Mass.) DSI  Search this
Army Medical Library (U.S.) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
6 v., plates (some folded) : ill. (some col.), ports., maps ; 33 cm
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A separate index compiled by Frances S. Nichols, was published by the U.S. Govt. Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1954.
Vols. 5-6 published by Lippincott.
a "An impression having been entertained that this work is an issue of the Smithsonian Institution or is sustained in part by its funds, or by its influence; it is proper to observe, that no aid, in either of these respects, is known to have been derived from that Institution; which has, however ... been the medium for distributing a stipulated number of 1st, 2d,and 3 volumes in Great Britain and Europe" (p. 668 of v.4).
V.1 "stereotyped by J. Fagan;" "printed by T.K. and P.G. Collins"--p. 568; v.3 "printed by T.K. and P.G. Collins"--t.p. verso.
Each v. has an added engraved t.p.
T.p. vignette; deckled edges.
Plates primarily drawn by S. Eastman. Other artists include: A. Newsam, Mayer, Alfred Jones, and G. Gibbs. Engravers and lithographers include: Illman & Sons, Robert Hirshelwood, P.S. Duval & Sons, C.E. Wagstaff, J. Andrews, James Smillie, S. Burt, J.C. McRae, Lewis Brantz and W. Williams.
Also available online.
SCNHRB, SCNHRB (formerly ANTHRB) and SCDIRB each have one complete copy (6 vols.); SCDIRB also holds a 2nd copy of v.4.
SCDIRB copy has all volumes in publisher's blind- and gilt-stamped binding. Color of bindings vary, including brown, blue and green; decoration the same for all v.: blind stamped border on cover with gilt-stamped image of indian in center taken from plate 10 of v.2: "Death Whoop" by Eastman, engraved by Alfred Jones. The spine of v. 4, copy 1 (39088008422461) has been repaired with buckram.
SCDIRB copy of v.1 (39088008422438) and v.2 (39088008422446) has stamped on front paste-down: Bequest of Miss Katherine Allen to the Worcester Society of Antiquity 1913;" also a gilt-stamped leather bookplate: Hon. Charles Allen.
SCDIRB copy of v.1 has inscribed on front paste-down: "With the respects of S. Sea, Commissioner of Indian Affairs."
SCDIRB copy of v.1 has bookseller's note on recto of front free end-paper: "The first issue; plates colored; Swan auct. 1960."
SCDIRB copy of v.1 has paper label pasted to p. [1] of cover: Indian tribes, H.R. Schoolcraft in 3 v. 1851.
SCDIRB copy of v.3 (39088008422453) inscribed on front paste-down: Hon. Geo. S. Houston with respects of S. Sea Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
SCDIRB copy 1 of v.4 (39088008422461) has bookplate on front paste-down: Army Medical Library of the Surgeon General's Office, War Department, no. 229739; bookplate stamped "cancelled."
SCDIRB copy 1 of v.4 has embossed stamp on engraved t.p.: Library, University of Illinois Urbana and has stamped on verso of most plates
SCDIRB copy 2 of v.4 (39088008422479) has bookplate laid in: University of Illinois Library, Collection of Julius Doerner, Chicago, Purchased 1918"
SCDIRB copy 2 of v.4 stamped on t.p.: Surgeon General's library with accession no. 229739 which has been stamped "cancelled."
SCDIRB copy 2 of v.4 stamped on t.p.: Withdrawn, Smithsonian Institution Libraries;" stamped on t.p. verso: Smithsonian Libraries Bur. of Amer. Ethnology, Jun. 21, 1957.
SCDIRB copy of v.5 (39088008422529) has some hand-colored plates.
SCDIRB copy of v.6 (39088008422487) is inscribed on recto of front free end-paper: Hon. J.R. Edie Respects of Chas. [illegible signature] Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
SCDIRB copy of v.6 has some hand-colored maps.
Call number:
E77 .S37 1851
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