National Geographic : 1908 May
THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN BEING A SERIES OF VOLUMES PICTURING AND DESCRIBING THE INDIANS of the UNITED STATES and ALASKA WRITTEN, ILLUSTRATED, AND PUBLISHED BY EDWARD S. CURTIS EDITED BY FOREWORD BY FREDERICK WEBB HODGE PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT FIELD RESEARCH CONDUCTED UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF J. PIERPONT MORGAN THE work will consist of twenty volumes of text, and as illustrations em bodied with the text there will be fifteen hundred full-page photogravure plates; forty, or more, of these, illustrating ceremonial subjects, will be hand-colored plates. Each volume will consist of about 350, or more, quarto pages, measuring 9 x 122 inches. The entire work will be printed on imported hand-made paper of the highest grade, one part of the edition being Holland paper of a rich tone, and the other part on Japanese vellum, both papers selected with special reference to their enduring qualities. In addition to the twenty volumes of text and its illustrations, there will be twenty portfolios, each consisting of thirty-six, or more, copper-plate photo gravures, measuring 12 x 16 inches, on 18 x 22 sheets. The entire work will, therefore, contain a minimum total of twenty-two hundred and twenty plates illustrative of Indian subjects. No pains has been spared to produce in every detail an exceptional example of book-making. The binding is three-quarter Levant, gold top, and the portfolios bound to match the book itself. The general editorial supervision has been intrusted to Mr. Frederick Webb Hodge, ethnologist in the Smithsonian Institution and editor of the "American Anthropologist." The series of volumes will comprise a descriptive and illustrative treatment of all the Indians of the United States and Alaska who still retain to a consider able degree their primitive customs and beliefs. Each volume will be complete in itself, inasmuch as it will treat of a tribe or a group of tribes quite independ ently of the others. It is planned to publish three volumes a year until the work is completed. Delivery will be made as the volumes are issued; the entire set will be com pleted within seven years. Volumes I and II are now being delivered. In January, 1909, Volumes III, IV and V will be ready for delivery. Librarians and private book-buyers who are interested in this work should consider its acquisition at once, as it is anticipated that the coming few months will see that part of the edition which is being sold at the patrons' price exhausted, and after such part of the edition is sold the price on the remaining copies will be increased 20 per cent. It should be remembered that this is positively a limited edition, and when the sub scription list is closed it will be impossible to secure it without buying from speculators at a great advance on the present price. Where librarians feel that they cannot afford to subscribe for the work at the present time, it is believed that a way can be suggested that they can add it to their libraries. ADDRESS ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO EDWARD S. CURTIS, Care National Geographic Magazine,Washington, D.C.