McKENNEY, Thomas L. and HALL, James. 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. Phila.: D. Rice & A.N. Hart, 1855. 3 vols., 3rd 8vo ed., 333; 290; 392pp. Orig, full morocco with raised bands and extensive gilt tooling on front and back covers and within spine panels. A superb set with virtually no wear and with the plates exceptionally bright. Complete with 120 hand colored plates and in the publisher's original deluxe binding. This 8vo ed. is preferred by many for the exceptional quality of the hand coloring. "As early as 1824, the practice was begun of taking portraits of the principal Indians who came to Washington, and depositing them in the War Department. They were chiefly painted by Mr. King, an artist of high repute, who has been remarkably successful in transferring to his canvas the strong lineaments of the Indian countenance. Col. McKenney, who was for many years superintendent of Indian affairs at Washington, and was thus brought into constant association with the principal men of the nations and tribes which sent representatives to the seat of government, conceived the plan of making this rare and curious collection more valuable to the world by publishing a series of engraved portraits exactly copied and colored from these paintings. With each portrait is connected a biographical sketch of the individual whom it is intended to represent, interspersed with anecdotes and narrations. The work contains also a historical account of the various Indian tribes within the borders of the United States." -Sabin 43410a. "The original oil paintings of which the plates were copies were all destroyed in the 1865 Smithsonian fire."-HOWES M-129. Field 992. Bennett p.79.