Lot 1015: Lewis H. Morgan LEAGUE OF THE HO-DE-NO-SAU-NEE OR IROQUOIS 1851 First Edition Landmark Study Of Native American Culture & Language Maps & Plates
by National Book Auctions
November 18, 2012
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: League of the Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee or Iroquois
Author: Lewis H. Morgan - Lewis Henry Morgan was a pioneering American anthropologist and social theorist, a railroad lawyer and capitalist. He is best known for his work on kinship and social structure, his theories of social evolution, and his ethnography of the Iroquois. Interested in what holds societies together, he proposed the concept that the earliest human domestic institution was the matrilineal clan, not the patriarchal family; the idea was accepted by most pre-historians and anthropologists throughout the late nineteenth century.
Also interested in what leads to social change, he was a contemporary of the European social theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, who were influenced by reading his work on social structure and material culture, the influence of technology on progress. Morgan is the only American social theorist to be cited by such diverse scholars as Marx, Charles Darwin, and Sigmund Freud. Elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Morgan served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1879.
Morgan was a Republican member of the New York State Assembly (Monroe Co., 2nd D.) in 1861, and of the New York State Senate in 1868 and 1869.
Publisher: Sage & Brother, Publishers
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xviii/477 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: This work presents the complexity of Iroquois society in a path-breaking ethnography that was a model for future anthropologists, as Morgan presented the kinship system of the Iroquois with unprecedented nuance.
Condition / Notes: Antique volume has been rebound in full leather, with bright gilt lettering to red spine label. Binding is in excellent condition. Antique library stamp appears in upper right corner of title page, with lower half presenting small closed tear. No other institutional markings or additions are visible. Pages show occasional light foxing. Illustrated with a frontispiece and 21 plates (including intact fold-out plate with caption "Ga-Ka-ah or Skirt") and numerous in-text illustrations. Large fold-out map at front of volume displays tears along folds and repairs. Fold-out plate at rear entitled "Table Exhibiting the Dialectical Variations of the Language of the Iroquois" has separated between first and second fold (along the division between columns showing Cayuga and Onondaga dialects).
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