A Re-creation

The Custom Limited Edition | The Reference Edition

The Reference Edition

Christopher Cardozo Fine Art is pleased to announce the re-creation of Edward Curtis’ magnum opus, The North American Indian. The North American Indian is an iconic, landmark publication; a rich and detailed artistic and ethnographic record of over eighty North American tribal groups from throughout the American West. It comprises over 2,200 photographs and over 5,000 pages of text as well as extensive transcriptions of Native languages and music. Much of the information in The North American Indian is found nowhere else, including personal histories and detailed information about Native religion, spirituality and Native Lifeways.

This is believed to be the largest and most ambitious republication project in North American publishing history. All twenty Volumes and twenty Portfolios have been re-created with exacting detail for this new publication. Original Sets of The North American Indian are in the permanent collections at Harvard, Yale, The Met and over 100 other public and private rare book collections. The Complete Reference Edition offers a finely-crafted alternative to the original Curtis Sets for far less than 1% of the cost and offers greatly enhanced accessibility, readability, and unwavering fidelity to the original.  This is a wonderful opportunity to own a finely crafted piece of American history.

Edward Curtis devoted his life to producing a definitive and unparalleled work, The North American Indian, the most extensive and expensive photographic project ever undertaken. Almost 100 years after the original publication by Edward Curtis, we have republished two complete editions.

In 2016 we released a Limited Edition, hand-bound in leather, with archival linen-finished paper, and gilded with the highest artisan bookmaking standards. Each set comprises all 2,234 photographs contained in the original. In the summer of 2018, we released the Reference Edition, a more accessibly produced and modestly priced republication version. Slightly smaller, bound in hard cover and digitally printed it also includes the full set of 20 volumes, plus the 20 additional portfolios assembled into four oversized books. Every word, page, graphic, and image found in the Limited Edition is included in the Reference Edition, equally crisp, clear, and archival-quality. 


Video Produced by Phillip Countryman and Craig Laurence Rice, along with the MCAD Film Department in spring 2017.

  • THE COMPLETE REFERENCE EDITION: $6,500 + Free Insured Shipping Within The Contiguous U.S. – Contact Us If Outside Contiguous U.S. For A Shipping Quote
  • Edition Size: Open
  • Complete, Full Size, Recreations Of All Twenty Original Text And Portfolio Volumes
  • Twenty Text Volumes (12.25 × 9.5 × 1.75”)
  • Twenty Portfolios Presented In 4 Volumes (13.75 × 10.75 × 1.75”)
  • 2,234 Photographic Prints
  • 5,023 Pages
  • Over 2.5 Million Words


  • Edition of 75
  • hand-bound in leather
  • archival linen-finished paper
  • gilded with the highest artisan bookmaking standards
  • includes all twenty original volumes
  • Over 5,000 pages with extensive transcripts of Native language and music
  • The twenty portfolios that accompanied the original set are recreated in five oversized portfolio volumes.