Auction 168, Lot 286

"[Lot of 2] Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution to July, 1885. Part I and II", Smithsonian Institute

Subject: Oklahoma

Period: 1886 (published)


Color: Printed Color

6.4 x 9.2 inches
16.3 x 23.4 cm

This complete Smithsonian report, written by Thomas Donaldson, contains the significant "George Catlin Indian Gallery", which consists of a staggering 144 plates as well as two large folding maps: Indian Territory (32 x 24") and Map Showing Indian Reservations within the Limits of the United States... (33 x 21"). The map of Indian Territory shows the allocation of land among 50 different Indian tribes and depicts 25 different regions, naming 7 more. A small portion of the panhandle is shown and labeled Public Lands. The map of the United States shows the network of Indian reservations primarily confined to west of the Mississippi. Includes inset maps of Indian Territory, southern California and Alaska. Part I (996 pages) and Part II (939 pages). Octavo, hardbound in brown cloth.


Condition: B+

The map of Indian Territory is clean, bright, and near fine with very faint offsetting and a binding trim at left (A). The map of Indian Reservations is also clean and bright, but has a 4.5" horizontal fold separation and associated 3.5" tear at left, extending into the image a total of 8" (B). Text is very good with pleasant light toning. The bindings are somewhat loose due to the size of the volumes. Covers have light wear, staining, and bumped edges. Part I has an ex-library stamp on the front free endpaper and a stamp on the front cover.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/6/2018