“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.




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 for $2.88 million dollars at auction.
Our limited edition, deluxe reproduction includes all twenty original volumes, 1,511 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 35,000 hours of enlisted specialists across eight diverse fields.



AFTER JUNE 1 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 five additional, oversized books. Every word, page, graphic, and image found in the Limited Addition is included in the Reference Edition. Every word and image is equally crisp, clear, and archive-quality.
Take advantage of the prepublication discount before June 2018.

“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, Collections Librarian, Tozzer Library, Harvard University



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” on the other dimensions. The linear inches required are approximately 50”-55”.

Complete Reference Edition™:   Each Volume is 12 ¾ x 9 ¾ x 2”.  The Portfolio Volumes are 13½ x 9 ¾  x 2”.  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.