Auction 108, Lot 724

"The Frank T. Siebert Library of the North American Indian and the American Frontier",

Subject: Reference Books

Period: 1999 (published)


Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 11 inches
21.6 x 27.9 cm

Auction Catalog, Sotheby's New York. This auction took place on May 21, 1999 and was the first in a two part sale of Dr. Siebert's important collection of Americana. The collection was formed over a period of more than 50 years by probably the most knowledgeable Americanists of his time. "Dr. Siebert's collection covers Canada, the Northeast, the South, Trans-Appalachia, the Mississippi Valley, the Plains and Rockies, the West and Southwest, especially Texas, and includes Indian captivities, Indian treaties, Indian deeds, Indian language books, western overland narratives, Jesuit Relations, etc., including many border books and printings on frontier and mission hand presses. Dr. Siebert's collection interconnects continuously - books with maps, with manuscripts, with portraits. It tells the story of the North American Indian and the American frontier, and by focusing on the Indian, the dominant figure in the American landscape, by pulling on that one thread, it unravels the tapestry of American history". [The above from the catalog foreword, by Bailey Bishop]. Volume I, 370 pp., 548 lots described including numerous illustration. Hardbound in red cloth with gilt titles and illustration tipped onto front cover.


Condition: A

Slight soil on covers.

Estimate: $30 - $50


Closed on 9/29/2004