Lot 36: The Indian Races of North and South America

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Lot 36: Author: Brownell, Charles de Wolf; Title: The Indian Races of North and South America: Comprising an Account of the Principal Aboriginal Races; a Description of Their National Customs, Mythology, and Religious Ceremonies; the History of Their Most Powerful Tribes, and of Their Most Celebrated Chiefs and Warriors; Their Intercourse and Wars with the European Settlers; and a Great Variety of Anecdote and Description, Illustrative of Personal and National Character; Place Published: Boston; Publisher: Horace Wentworth; Date Published: 1853; Description: 720 (i.e. 640) pp. 40 woodcut and lithograph plates, many hand-colored. (8vo) old three-quarter black morocco and marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition.Field 198 (citing 1857 edition) - An interesting and informative work, which undergoes some criticism by Field: "The last half of the title-page must have been written by the publisher, and the illustrations drawn by his infant son, as the Preface and Text indicate too respectable a mind to have concocted such a farrago, involving at least half a dozen falsehoods regarding the plates, which are the most tawdry and offensive daubs." Condition: Rubbed, previous owner's name stamped in several places; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $150-250
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