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Many of Biblio's amazing booksellers offer some truly spectacular rare and antique books on Native American culture, tradition, and history. Check out the rare Native American books page in our Rare Book Room to see some examples of rare and antique Native American illustrations, maps, and ephemera. Many of the rare Native American books in the Biblio Rare Book Room are decorated with exquisite bindings and fore-edges. If you love Native American history and Native American culture, be sure to browse our rare Native American books collection below.

Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America by CATLIN, George (1796-1872)

London: C. & J. Adlard for George Catlin, Egyptian Hall, 1844. Folio. (23 x 16 1/2 inches). [Pp.1-2] letterpress title (verso blank); [pp.3-4] To the Reader; pp.[5-]20 text. 25 hand-coloured lithographic plates, on thick paper, after Catlin, drawn on sto...

From Donald Heald Rare Books


History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Embellished with One Hundred and Twenty Portraits from the Indian Gallery in the Department of War, at Washington by MCKENNEY, THOMAS L. AND JAMES HALL

Philadelphia: D. Rice and A.N. Hart, 1855. Third octavo edition; considered by some to be the best of the octavo editions for the superiority of its hand coloring; three volumes; publisher’s red pebble-grained morocco; all edges gilt; thick, beveled bo...

From Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.


Arte de la lengua mexicana, breves platicas de los mysterios de n. santa fee catholica, y otras para exortacion de su obligacion a los indios. by Avila, Francisco de

Mexico: Por los herederos de la Viuda de Miguel de Ribera Calderon, 1717. 12mo. [13], 36, [1] ff. Mexico saw a major rebirth of scholarly interest in Nahuatl during the first half of the 18th century, and Fr. Avila was a contributor to it. In his introduc...

From Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co., LLC (PRB&M)


History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Embellished with one hundred and twenty portraits, from the Indian Gallery in the Department of War, at Washington. by Thomas McKenney, James Hall, Charles Bird King

Scarce 1865 edition (the last lithographed by Bowen). Publisher's blind stamped rebacked Turkey morocco; five raised bands; titles in gilt to spine, all edges heavily gilt. One hundred-twenty hand colored lithographic plates by J.T. Bowen after Charl...

From William Chrisant & Sons' Old Florida Book Shop, ABAA, ILAB, FABA


THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS; Particularly Those Nations adjoining to the Missisippi [sic], East and West Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Virginia: Account of Origin, Language, Manners, Religious & Civil Customs, Laws [etc.] ... by Adair, James

London: Printed for Edward and Charles Dilly, 1775. Complete title as follows: "The History of the American Indians; Particularly Those Nations adjoining to the Missisippi [sic], East and West Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Virginia:...

From Hugh Anson-Cartwright Fine Books, ABAC/ILAB


CREE HYMNAL. (Moose Cree Hymnbook; Indian Hymn Book) by Horden, John (1828-1893)

Moose (i.e. Moose, Factory, Ont.): (J. Horden, Church Missionary Society Press), 1856. Two unbound, uncut, folded sheets, measuring approximately 16.5 cm x 13.5 cm when folded, [32 pages (31-32 blank)], containing 50 hymns in the Moose dialect of the Cree...

From Hugh Anson-Cartwright Fine Books, ABAC/ILAB


Illustrations of the Manners, Customs, & Condition of the North American Indians. With Letters & Notes Written during Eight Years of Travel and Adventure among the Wildest and Most Remarkable Tribes now Existing [Two Volumes] by Catlin, George

London: Chatto & Windus, 1876. First edition printed in color. Publisher's red pictorial cloth decorated in black and gilt. Very good copies, boards slightly scuffed and bumped, Vol. II rejointed, recased, and endpapers renewed, plates and text bright.. ...

From Kaaterskill Books, ABAA/ILAB


[American Indians] Die Indianer Nord-Amerikas und die während eines achtjährigen Aufenthaltes unter den wildesten ihrer Stämme erlebten Abenteuer und Schicksale . . . mit 24 vom Verfaffer nach der Natur entworfenen Gemälden [Hand-Colored] [Letters and notes on the manners, customs, and condition of the North American Indians] by CATLIN, George (1796-1872)

Brussels and Leipzig: Carl Muquardt, 1848. First Edition thus. Near Fine. Translated into German by Dr. Heinrich Berghous. Imperial 8vo: x,[2],382pp, with 24 tissue-guarded hand-colored plates. Contemporary quarter calf, flat spine in five compartments,...

From Fine Editions Ltd


Sih-Chidä & Mahchsi-Karehde. Mandan Indians by BODMER, Karl (1809-1893)

Paris, Coblenz and London, 1841. Aquatint engraving by Hürlimann after Bodmer, state with date added to London imprint 'April 1th [sic.] 1841'. A fine full-length double portrait by Bodmer, composed from sketches made during the winter of 1833-1834 duri...

From Donald Heald Rare Books


Travels through the interior parts of North America in the years 1766, 1767, and 1768 by Carver, Jonathan

London: Printed for the Author, 1778. First edition. Bound in 3/4 calf with raised bands and gilt titles, decorative endpapers. Published London: Printed for the author, 1778. 8vo., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", xvi, [17]-543, [1] pp. errata page, two foldin...

From The Wild Muse


NETUM EWH OOMAHZENAHEGUN OWH MOSES, GENESIS AZHENEKAHDAIG. Kahahnekahnootahmoobeung Owh Kahkewaquonaby, Ahneshenahba Makahdawekoonahya [The First Book of Moses Called Genesis] by Jones, Peter, i.e. Kahkewaquonaby - Trans.] - Bible. O.T. Genesis. Chippewa

Toronto: Translated by P. Jones for the Auxiliary Bible Society, Guardian Office - J.H. Lawrence Printer, 1835. 12mo. (17.6 cm x 10.5 cm), pp. 178, yellowish brown cloth. Front cover and prelims present but detached at the English title-page, spine strip ...

From Hugh Anson-Cartwright Fine Books, ABAC/ILAB


Our Wild Indians:Thirty-Three Years' Personal Experience by Colonel Richard Irving Dodge

A.D. Worthington and Company, Hartford, Conn, 1882. Leather Bound. Condition: fine. First Edition. First edition of Our Wild Indians by Colonel Richard Irving Dodge. Octavo, xxxiv, [blank], 29-653pp. black endpapers, Complete with 6 full page chromolit...

From The FW Collections



The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, translated into the Choctaw language. Pin chitokaka pi okchalinchi Chisus Klaist in Testament Himona, chahta anumpta atoshowa hoke. by Bible. N.T. Choctaw. Wright-Byington. 1848

New York: American Bible Society, 1848. 12mo (18.1 cm, 7.1"). 818 pp. First edition of the first complete New Testament in Choctaw. Variously given as Chahta, Chactas, Chato, Tchakta, Chocktaw, or Chactaw, Choctaw is a language of the Muskogean famil...

From Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co., LLC (PRB&M)


Three voyages for the discovery of a north-west passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific and narrative of an attempt to reach the North Pole…four volumes, with plates by PARRY, William Edward

1835 1ed William Parry North Pole Voyages Eskimos Navigation Arctic Exploration A rare, 1835 edition of William Parry's personal account from his voyages to the Northwest Passage. He was one of the first explorers to reach the North Pole, setting the rec...

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