Auction 96, Lot 509

"[Lot of 2]", Prichard, James Cowles

Subject: Native Americans

Period: 1848 (published)

Publication: The Natural History of Man, 3rd edition

Color: Hand Color

8.8 x 5.4 inches
22.4 x 13.7 cm

Stunning hand colored aquatint plates based on the paintings of several important 19th century artists, including George Catlin. These are from Prichard's early anthropological study, subtitled "comprising inquiries into the modifying influence of physical and moral agencies on the different tribes of the human family."

Plate XXXIX, Tscholovoni hunters of Bay San Francisco [together with] Plate XXXVIII, Natives of California. Both of these unusual views of California natives were originally included in Choris' Voyage Pittoresque... Louis (Ludovik) Choris was the expedition artist for a Russian exploration voyage led by Otto von Kotzbue. The ship spent the month of October 1816 in San Francisco Bay, and provided one of the earliest glimpses of life in Northern California.


Condition: B

Soil and embossed library stamp in margin of first and a little light foxing.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/12/2001