First Edition. First Impression. Two octavo volumes (22cm); full polished burgundy calf bound by Jenkins & Cecil (Bloomsbury), spines in six compartments, with five raised bands, titling and decorative devices stamped in gilt in compartments; marbled endpapers and blind-stamped dentelles; all edges marbled; xxiv,445,; xiv,465,pp; with 58 tinted woodcuts by A. Joliet, 3 plates of ancient Indian music, and hand-colored folding map showing "the actual situation of the Indian Tribes of North America." Attractive example of the French abbé's extensive ethographic study of the North American Indian tribes, richly illustrated throughout. Cowan says : "Relates to Texas, New Mexico, California, Oregon, Utah, etc., and contains also much upon the manners and customs of the Indians. The abbe' was private chaplain of the ill-fated Maximilian, emperor of Mexico." Contemporary (1866) ink gift inscription to verso of frontispiece on Vol.1; spines gently sunned, with some light wear to extremities and corners; scattered foxing to preliminary and terminal leaves, and upper edge of textblock; stain to lower rear cover of Vol.2, not affecting text in any way; both volumes lacking ad leaves; else near fine , bright, tight copies, housed in a custom marbled paper and maroon leather slipcase. A handsome presentation.
Inventory Number: 46038