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    EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952)
    Numerous Volumes and Plates of The North American Indian, 1907-1930
    Photogravure
    Book: 12-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches (31.8 x 24.1 cm) each
    Portfolio: 22 x 18 inches (55.9 x 45.7 cm) each

    Volume 2. The Pima. The Papago. The Qahatika. The Mohave. The Yuma. The Maricopa. The Walapai. The Havasupai. The Apache-Mohave, or Yavapai.
    1 vintage plate
    30 posthumous plates

    Volume 3. The Teton Sioux. The Yanktonai. The Assiniboin.
    18 posthumous plates

    Volume 7. The Yakima. The Klickitat. Salishan Tribes of the Interior. The Kutenai.
    29 posthumous plates

    Volume 8. The Nez Perces. Wallawalla. Umatilla. Cayuse. The Chinookan Tribes.
    26 posthumous plates

    Volume 9. The Salishan Tribes of the Coast. The Chimakum and the Quilliute. The Willapa.
    24 posthumous plates

    Volume 10. The Salishan Tribes of the Coast. The Chimakum and the Quilliute. The Willapa.
    22 posthumous plates

    Volume 11. The Nootka. The Haida.
    32 posthumous plates

    Volume 12. The Hopi.
    23 posthumous plates

    Volume 13. The Hupa. The Yurok. The Karok. The Wiyot. Tolowa and Tututni. The Shasta. The Achomawi. The Klamath.
    29 vintage plates

    Volume 14. The Kato. The Wailaki. The Yuki. The Pomo. The Wintun. The Maidu. The Miwok. The Yokuts.
    30 vintage plates

    Volume 15. Southern California Shoshoneans. The Diegueños. Plateau Shoshoneans. The Washo.
    31 vintage plates

    Volume 16. The Tiwa. The Keres.
    10 vintage plates

    Volume 17. The Tewa. The Zuñi.
    10 vintage plates

    Volume 18. The Chipewyan. The Western Woods Cree. The Sarsi.
    14 vintage plates

    Volume 19. The Indians of Oklahoma. The Wichita. The Southern Cheyenne. The Oto. The Comanche. The Peyote Cult.
    27 vintage plates

    The North American Indian by Edward Sheriff Curtis was a vast project that spanned over twenty years yet was never fully completed. It was published between 1907 and 1930 in limited editions and was available by subscription only. Due to its limited availability and cost (around $3,000 in 1907), it received mixed reviews. Curtis's intention was to document the customs the North American Indian tribes, and with funding from J.P. Morgan, Curtis set out in 1906 to record this quickly-vanishing culture. Whether intentional or not, The North American Indian held up the American notion of otherness in regards to the indigenous North American inhabitants. Despite this, Curtis's portfolios are the most thorough and significant depictions of traditional Indian culture.

    What set Curtis's portfolios apart from the work of other contemporary photographers was the scope and vastness of the project. By its completion, Curtis had taken 40,000 photographic images of over eighty Indian tribes resulting in twenty volumes of approximately seventy-five photogravures. The accompanying twenty portfolios had approximately thirty-five individual photogravures in each folio. In total, there were 1,511 plates in the beautifully bound volumes and 723 plates in the portfolios, totaling 2,234 plates in all. In addition to the photography, he made a film, wrote about tribal history, and described traditional food, garments, ceremonies, and funeral customs. Curtis also made over 10,000 wax cylinder recordings of native Indian music and language, resulting in the only recorded history of such a vast and diverse race.

    Despite the vastness and importance of such a volume of work, Curtis went bankrupt before its completion. The profits for the project were liquidated in 1935, and the remaining material sold to a rare books dealer in Boston where it was virtually forgotten until its re-discovery in the 1970s. Today, these photogravure prints are the most regularly traded photographic prints in the photography art market. Heritage is pleased to offer such great examples of Edward Sheriff Curtis's lost works to the modern art market.




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