This copy of the 20-volume set of The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis, published 1907–30, sold a week ago for $233,000 at the "Images and Objects: Fine and Vernacular Photographs" sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. The first volume of the set is signed by Curtis and Theodore Roosevelt.
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Carl Siracusa: "It's the accompanying portfolios of prints that are the real gems, large size and beautifully printed in Curtis's studio darkroom. The versions in the books are small (I would guess 5x7 inches), and of course printed on a press—though certainly worth a look if you can't get to the portfolios, which often were sold off separately.
"I recently spent a pleasant day poring over the books at the library of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, after reading Timothy Egan's fine 2013 biography, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, which details Curtis's incredible devotion to this multi-decade project."