1899 Eighteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1896-7
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Colour Plates, First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
An exciting first edition of the annual eighteenth report of the Bureau of American Ethnology 1896-97; established in 1879 for the purpose of transferring archives, records, and materials relating to the Indians of North America from the Interior Department to the Smithsonian Institution, the bureau soon took on a different path and started organising research-intensive multi-year projects, sponsoring ethnographic, archaeological and linguistic field research, initiating publications series, and promoting the fledgling discipline of anthropology, as well as much more, under John Wesley Powell, the founding director and author of this book, who had a mission of organising anthropologic research in America.
This is Part I of two, complete in itself and dedicated to the Eskimo.
This extensive and comprehensive report is adorned with numerous illustrations in text and one-hundred-and-seven full page plates, including a coloured map. Collated, complete.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally very smart with only minor shelf wear and some bumping to the head and tail of the spine and extremities, with some minor soiling and marking to the boards. A minor puncture mark to the spine, which has slightly darkened. Internally, the binding is slightly tender, with pl.xlii and pp. 103-4; 401-2 loose but present, pl. xliii professionally restored in the book. The pages are clean with only a touch of age toning to the leaves of text, as usual. The plates are also very bright. Illustrated with numerous figures in text and one-hundred-and-seven full page plates. Collated, complete.
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