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McKenney & Hall's octavo edition of the
History of the Indian Tribes of North America


Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall. The History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Philadelphia, 1842-70. Octavo; paper ca. 10 1/2 x 6 1/2. Lithographs with original hand coloring.

Originally issued in folio size in 1837-1844, the McKenney & Hall History of the Indian Tribes of North America was a scientific success, but its large size and significant cost meant that it was not a financial success for Thomas McKenney. In order to try to generate extra income, McKenney had the portraits and text issued in a smaller octavo size that was both more practical and affordable. The work came out in several editions from 1842 to 1870. The prints from the early editions (1842-58), have the imprint of either J.T. Bowen or D. Rice & A.N. Hart. Later edition prints (1865-70) were redrawn on stone and have a Rice, Rutter & Co. imprint. There are a number of differences between the images of the folio portraits and the octavo images, including some different subjects and modifications in the portraits of the same person.

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