RMABA Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair

Featured items that Philadelphia Print Shop West plans to bring to RMBPF 2011.
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Philadelphia Print Shop West
Chris Lane
2819 E. 2nd Ave Denver CO 80206
Maps & Prints & Related Books
Booth Number: 63

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Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Philadelphia: J. T. Bowen. Vol. I, 1848. Vol. II, 1849. Vol. III, 1850. All first edition. Octavo. 120 lithographic plates, each with original hand color. Full leather binding, with gold tooling. Original boards, rebacked. Some rubbing to binding. Interior generally very good condition. Text some light spotting throughout and tissues also somewhat stained. Plates generally clean and bright, though some spotting on first few plates in each volume. Frontispiece of volume II (Red Bird) with chipping and repaired tears on outer edge. Frontispiece of volume III (Prairie on Fire) with a couple chips on outer margin. Overall, very nice set of the very rare first edition octavo set.

A fine set of first editions of the octavo McKenney and Hall series of Indian portraits. $24,000.00

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S. Augustus Mitchell. "A New Map of Texas, Oregon and California with the Regions adjoining Compiled from the most recent authorities." Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell, 1846. 22 1/8 x 20 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. With considerable oxidation and a few holes at folds. Conserved and lined.

A nice example of one of the great maps of the American West, showing the region just the year that political changes radically changed the shape of the United States. In 1846, the border dispute between the British and Americans in the Northwest was settled by treaty--Mitchell here shows the Oregon Territory as claimed by the United States prior. Also in 1846, the Mexican-American War began, which brought the Mexican territory of Alta California into the United States--here it is shown as part of Mexico. Also of interest is the huge Texas, as it was before its borders were shrunk by the Compromise of 1850. $10,500.00

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John James Audubon. "Grizzly Bear." Philadelphia: J. T. Bowen, 1848. From The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. Imperial folio. Lithograph by Bowen. Original hand-coloring by Bowen. Small, half-circle expertly replaced at left edge. Otherwise, excellent.

One of the most desirable of the folio Audubon quadruped prints. $14,500.00

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Karl Bodmer. "Abdih-Hiddisch. A Minatarre Chief." From Travels In the Interior of North America in the Years 1832 to 1834. London: Ackermann and Company, 1843. With blind stamp. 22 1/8 x 14 1/2. Aquatint. Hand color. Very good condition.

Karl Bodmer (1809-1893) is considered by many authorities to be the greatest nineteenth-century artist to have produced prints of the American West. His images of the Plains Indians are not only historically of great importance, but are among the most attractive prints ever made on the subject. $9,500.00

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"The Rocky Mountains." New York: Currier & Ives, 1872-74. Lithograph. Original hand color. 8 3/8 x 12 3/8. Very good condition

Once the railroads were built across the American West, interest in this region blossomed in the East, an interest met by Currier & Ives with a number of western scenes, such as this print of the Rockies (Denver was reached by train in 1870). It is pretty clear the artist who drew the image never saw the Rockies, though their magnificence is well represented. He also never saw a buffalo, for the ones here look a bit like large, shaggy poodles! $1,700.00

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