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Santa Fe Art Auction Sells Edward Harriman’s Complete Set Of Curtis’ ‘North American Indian’

SANTA FE, NM – When American financier and railroad manager Edward H. Harriman subscribed to Edward Curtis’ The North American Indian, he was among the few to receive the premium version printed on India Proof Paper, known as “Tissue” referred to as. It is estimated that fewer than 15 subscriber sets were printed this way while others were sent to JP Morgan and the King of England in equal measure.

On November 6, the Santa Fe Art Auction sold Harrimans Set by The North American Indian for $ 1,080,000 including buyer’s premium.

The volumes were numbered 308 out of a proposed series of 500, although only 272 sets were ever produced. The Santa Fe Art Auction named it “the best and most important complete collection of Volumes of Curtis’ monumental work, The North American Indian available.”

Volume I was signed by Curtis and the set came in the publisher’s original hand-bound brown half-morocco gilded and buckrum, the upper edges gilded and others uncut, and was signed by H. Blackwell.

The set passed from the Edward H. Harriman family to the Mary H. Harriman Foundation. In 1999 the set was bought by Christopher Cardozo, the late Curtis Fellow, whose collection the auction house has been selling since June 2021.

For more information, please visit www.santafeartauction.com or 505-954-5858.

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