A Tribute to the North American Indian

Booklet and pictures courtesy of Dick Blacher. Comments by Paul Jackson.

A Tribute  to the North American Indian
The First American

by Elbert Hubbard

This is another booklet which is not in McKenna's bibliography. It was printed in 1909 and measures 9 1/2" x 7 1/4" and has 42 pages plus a few unpaginated end papers. We can assume it was somewhere between the 177th and 187th book printed by the Roycroft Press, chronologically.  I have only seen 2 or 3 copies of this booklet. It was a custom print job by the Roycroft shop. One or two of the initials appear to have been designed by Dard Hunter. There is a small Roycroft Press mark at the back of the booklet (see last photo below). This booklet seems to be a record of a dinner at which a proposal was made to erect a large statue of a Native American at New York Harbor. Guests included Rodman Wanamaker, Colonel William Frederick Cody (AKA Buffalo Bill Cody), Frederick Remington, Homer Davenport and others. We may assume that the limitation on this book corresponded to the number of those attending the dinner, plus a few extra copies. Another book called The Indian Farewell, which is about the Rodman Wanamaker Indian expeditions was published by The Roycroft in 1923. The Roycroft also made this pamphlet as a book called, "The First American." Neither the book nor the booklet are listed in McKenna.

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