“Our generation offers the last chance for doing what Mr. Curtis has done. He has lived on intimate terms with many different tribes of the mountains and the plains. He knows them as they hunt, as they travel, as they go about their various avocations on the march and in the camp. He knows their medicine men and sorcerers, their chiefs and warriors, their young men and maidens. Mr. Curtis, in publishing this book, is rendering a real and great service; a service not only to our own people, but to the world of scholarship everywhere.”

—Theodore Roosevelt,1906


“The most ambitious enterprise in publishing since the production of the King James Bible.”

—The New York Herald, 1907

Publisher Christopher Cardozo is the world’s leading authority on Edward Curtis. Author of nine books and curator of over 100 exhibitions about Curtis, Cardozo is devoted to the promotion, exhibition, publication, and study of the photographer’s life work, and reintroducing his legacy to contemporary audiences. Cardozo’s personal collection of Curtis prints has become an international traveling exhibition.


  AVAILABLE FOR $33,500 >

The North American Indian is an unparalleled artistic and ethnographic record of over eighty distinct North American tribes. So rare, extensive, unique, and cherished, that recently an edition sold for $2.88 million dollars at auction.

Our Limited Edition, deluxe reproduction includes all twenty original volumes, over 2,200 photographs and illustrations, 5,023 pages of text, and extensive transcriptions of Native languages and music. Additionally, the twenty original portfolios, containing 723 photogravure plates, are beautifully reproduced in five oversized volumes. Each book is hand bound in bonded leather with archival linen-finished paper, and gilded with the highest artisan bookmaking standards.

The Limited Edition is the largest republication project in North American publishing history, requiring over 10,000 hours of research, typesetting, layout, prototyping, proofing, and over 40,000 hours of enlisted specialists across eight diverse fields.


PRICE: $6,500 >

The Reference Edition reproduces the original set in its entirety, but more accessibly produced. This is the first time in 100 years a modestly priced, high-quality republication has been available.

The North American Indian is an iconic, landmark publication. It is a rich, unique and detailed artistic and ethnographic record of over eighty North American Tribal groups and includes extensive transcriptions of Native languages and music.

A slightly smaller, hard cover, digitally printed variation, the Reference Edition includes the full set of 20 volumes, plus the 20 additional portfolios assembled into four additional, oversized books. Every word, page, graphic, and image found in the Limited Edition is included in the Reference Edition. Every word and image is equally crisp, clear, and archival-quality.

“In terms of elegance and sumptuousness, what the Cardozo Fine Art team has accomplished can stand alongside the parent edition as a worthy successor thereto. Its sensuous, tactile qualities evoke exactly the immersive experience that Curtis intended to deliver to those who read its texts and engaged with its images. An artisanal landmark, this new edition offers as beautiful an approximation as one can imagine of a hands-on, eyes-on encounter with Curtis’ masterpiece in its original form.”

—A.D. Coleman, Photographic Critic & Historian


“A very worthwhile project is being realized with great success, and I am so pleased to be able to promise access to this stunning, modern, yet soon-to-be classic, edition to students and researchers who come to Harvard from all over the world to use our library collections.”

—Janet Steins, Tozzer Library, Harvard University


“Little Earth is the only Native preference housing community in the nation. It is a vibrant Minneapolis community that also faces systemic, multigenerational challenges. Average annual household income is less than $5,500 and unemployment is approximately 90 %. Links to our cultural roots and identities are weak. We have discovered that one of the primary keys to healing is reconnecting with our culture, heritage and identity. For us, real change must start with knowing who we are and from where we come. The work of Edward Curtis remains of singular importance in this regard.  It is through his artistry and his collaboration with Native people that we are allowed to see who we really are.  His unique gifts and perspective give us insight into our own identities and allow us to witness and reclaim pride in being Native. For the Little Earth community to have access to, and to preserve for future generations, the work of Edward Curtis, would be of great benefit and a privilege.  Powerful images of our ancestors which show us their humanity and true selves is something that can be used to teach and inform, and to heal and grow.  Having access to the rich and extensive text about our history, culture, and identities would provide current and future generations with a resource of extraordinary and lasting value.

– Ethan Flatten Development Director of Little Earth Community


“For readers interested in Curtis’ words as well as in his pictures, the elegant and clear typographical redesign of the text makes the new Cardozo edition much easier to read. It is evident that a great deal of thought and care and love have been poured into this ambitious project and Mr. Cardozo and his team should be very proud of their accomplishment.”

– Scott Krafft, Curator, McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University

“I wanted you and your Republication team to know how pleased the Seattle Public Library is with its acquisition of your new edition of The North American Indian. It will make an important and valuable addition to Special Collections. It will enhance the preservation of our original Set, significantly increase access for broader audiences, and make more efficient use of our staff resources. You have made important improvements to the layout, design and readability of the text … Everyone wants to see the images, but the narrative is so important – anything that encourages people to pause and read it is good. The cost of this new edition is 1-2 % of an original Set of The North American Indian and will over time play an important supportive role in bringing Curtis to a much wider audience.”

– Jodee Fenton, Manager of Special Collections, Seattle Public Library


“You and your team have done a wonderful job. The Volumes are absolutely magnificent!”

– Richard Talley, Collector



Do you offer payment terms?

Please call (612) 212 7044, and we’d be happy to discuss all payment options.

Are all original images and text retained?

Yes. In both The Limited Edition and the Reference Edition, all 2,234 photographs, and 2.5 million words have been retained in this historic recreation of Curtis’ magnum opus.

Are the sets archivally produced?

Yes. Both editions are made with extremely high-quality materials. With normal care they will last hundreds of years.

How many photographs are there in each set?

2,234 photographs in total.

How many pages of text and transcriptions of language and music?

Over 5,000 pages of text.

How much space does a complete set require?

Custom Limited Edition:  Each of the twenty Volumes average approximately 2” wide by 12 ¾ x 9 ¾”. Each of the five Portfolio Volumes are also approximately 2” wide and are 12 ½” x 15 ½”. The linear inches required are approximately 50”-55”.

Complete Reference Edition™:   Each Volume is 12 ¼” X 9 ¼” x 2”.  The Portfolio Volumes are 12 ¾” X 10”.  The total linear measurement is also 50 – 55”.

Are these limited editions? Will they be reprinted?

The Limited Edition is an edition of 75, and will never be reprinted.

The Reference Edition is an open edition, and will be printed to meet demand.

May I make a down payment?

Yes. Please use this link: Down payment of $2500