Lot 1014: John Wesley Powell SIXTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BUREAU OF ETHNOLOGY 1888 Antique Anthropology Arctic Eskimo Canada Greenland Alaska Natural History
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Sixth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1884-'85
Author: J. W. Powell - John Wesley Powell (March 24, 1834 – September 23, 1902) was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, a three-month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers, including the first known passage by Europeans through the Grand Canyon.
Powell served as second director of the U.S. Geological Survey (1881–1894) and proposed, for development of the arid West, policies that were prescient for his accurate evaluation of conditions. He became the first director of the Bureau of Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution during his service as director of the U.S. Geological Survey, where he supported linguistic and sociological research and publications.
[Information courtesy Wikipedia.]
Publisher: Government Printing Office
City: Washington, D. C.
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 8.5" Height: 11.75"
Condition / Notes: This antique volume has a separating front board and cracked rear hinge. The volume is in brown cloth, with gilt pictorial design to the front cover and gilt lettering and pictorial design to the spine. The volume displays external wear, with rubbing, bumping to corners and spine extremities, and an abrasion near the foot of the spine. The text block displays toning to the outer edge, and a moisture marking to the bottom of the outer edge, which intrudes only onto the edges of the interior pages.
An envelope from the Smithsonian Institution Bureau of Ethnology has been affixed to the front paste-down, dated 1890. Two of the preliminary pages are separated. The interior is largely clean, with only the aforementioned faint moisture markings to the edges of pages. This work is well illustrated with textual and full-page illustrations of Eskimo peoples, their artwork, and their hunting implements. A few pages of "Music of the Eskimo" can also be found near the rear. At the rear of the volume, a pocket contains two well preserved, color fold-out maps. This volume contains an index, glossary, and appendix.
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