London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1860. First edition. With 58 color plates (33 in volume one and 25 in volume two), each with a tissue guard, from wood engravings by Auguste Joliet. Fold-out map in volume one is 21” by 17” and printed in color. Gatherings slightly loose. Dark green endpapers. Some toning to edges and margins, but overall a very good, clean set with bright and attractive plates. Publisher’s light brown cloth with blindstamped decorative borders and gilt lettering on spines. Some rubbing and wear to cloth at tail of volume one. Two volumes, octavo. xxiv,  f. fold-out map, 445,  pp. publisher’s ads; xii, 465,  pp. publisher’s ads. Item #16711
Seven Years Residence in the Great Deserts of North America includes numerous illustrations of the landscape of the American West, particularly New Mexico, Texas, and the area that would later be called Arizona. In volume two, Domenech also provides a survey of the languages and customs, as he observed them, of over two dozen indigenous cultures. The illustrations in volume two include depictions of clothing, musical instruments, pottery and other decorative art pieces, and tools for fishing and hunting. Wagner-Camp notes that the plates were derived from United States Government sources and from the original illustrations of George Catlin (1796 – 1872). Emmanuel Domenech (1825 – 1903), a French clergyman and writer, traveled throughout North America as a Catholic missionary between 1846 and 1852, during which he gathered material for his Seven Years Residence in the Great Deserts of North America. His published writings, mostly on travel and theology, included numerous texts on the American West, Mexico, and the Yucatán Peninsula. The present work was his most significant publication; a French translation was released in 1862.
Howes, D410. Sabin, 20554. Wagner-Camp, 356:1.