(Ellsworth, Clarence A.; 1885-1961). Cody, Iron Eyes LITTLE WHITE CHIEFTAIN: CLARENCE A. ELLSWORTH
[Los Angeles?: The Westerners?, 1963?] 1963?] Very good
[Los Angeles?: The Westerners?, 1963?]. 1963?]. Very good. - Small quarto [10-1/8 inches high by 8-1/8 inches wide], decorative light brown & gilt paper covered boards backed with green cloth with a pictorial label in cream & black mounted on the front board. The boards are lightly bumped with a few tiny chips to the paper along the front edges. The label is unevenly darkened. Title & pages 98- printed on cream stock. Profuse illustrations in brown & cream with a large folding color plate. There is an owner's address label, ink signature & blind stamp on the front endpaper with the same blind stamp on the bottom corner of the title page. Very good.
The book is based on, and quotes extensively from, a taped narrative of Ellsworth's life and experiences made by the artist.
Iron Eyes Cody [1907-1999], a friend and next-door neighbor of Ellsworth, was born Espera DeCorti, the son of two Italian immigrants. On moving to California in 1924, he changed his name to Cody and became an actor, passing himself off as a Native American. He married an American Indian woman and they adopted two American Indian sons. He lived and worked as a Native American all his adult life, devoted himself to promoting Native American causes and was honored for his efforts by Hollywood's Native American community in 1995. His best-known peerformance was that of the Indian who sheds a tear for the American environment in an ad that ran in the 1970s and 1980s.
Rare. WorldCat locates three copies. First Edition.