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    Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952)
    The North American Indian, Portfolio 11 (Complete with 36 works), 1915
    Photogravure printed on Tweedweave paper, 1966
    15-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches (39.4 x 29.2 cm), or the reverse and slightly smaller
    Each with title, date, plate number, and letterpress credit in the margin.

    Photogravures and list of plates are housed in folding portfolio case with cloth ties.

    The story of Edward Curtis' The North American Indian is well known. Curtis started on the most ambitious
    photographic publishing project of the 20th century with the hope of completing 500 sets, each comprising 723
    large-format photogravures in 20 portfolios and 20 text volumes with 1,506 small-format photogravures. Starting
    in 1900 and working until 1930, the project destroyed his business, family and finally his health. In the end about
    300 sets were printed with only approximately 272 finished and sold.

    What happened after Curtis went bankrupt is less well known. In 1935 the remaining photogravures and copper
    printing plates were sold to Charles Lauriat, a Boston rare book dealer. The inventory included 17 complete sets of
    portfolios 13-20. In 1966 Emiliano Sorini was approached about printing 17 sets of portfolio 1-12 from the original
    plates in Lauriat's possession to complete the sets. This later printing of the first 12 portfolios was done on a paper
    with a woven texture and is known by collectors as the "Tweedweave" edition.

    It was previously thought that these 17 sets of the first 12 portfolios were printed by Emiliano Sorini himself but
    a transcript from the Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project, The Reminiscences of Deli Sacilotto, Columbia
    Center for Oral History Research, Columbia University, 2015 reveals that it was his friend Deli Sacilotto who did
    the actual printing.

    "He was doing only etchings and he said-well someone came to him to print Edward [Sheriff] Curtis's <

    Printed by Deli Sacilotto in the Emiliano Sorini studio, 1966-1967;
    Purchased by the current owner from Johnson Reprint Corporation, 1972.

    More information about Edward Sheriff Curtis, also known as Curtis, Edward Sheriff, Curtis, Edward, Curtis, Edward S., Edward S. Curtis, Edward Sheriff Curtis.

    Condition Report*: Sheet size 17 3/4 x 22 inches. Photogravures in overall excellent condition except for plates 392, 393 and 395 which have some smudging to the printing. Some age darkening to the edges of the list of plates.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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