Rare, antiquarian, used & out-of-print books on Native Peoples of North & south America, Polynesia, etc, for sale at Horizon Books.
ALLEN, Benedict; Through Jaguar Eyes; Crossing the Amazon Basin. [London], HarperCollins, , First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; xvi, 301 pp, color illustrations from photos, maps, bibliog, index, original cloth, dj, fine in fine dj (not price clipped).
The author, whose first book was Mad White Giant, writes here of his 3,600 mile journey without map or compass, from the Andes of Ecuador and Peru to the forests of Mato Grosso in Brazil. His friendship with the Matses, the 'jaguar people', taught him survival skills, needed to get through the largely uncharted terrain. Well-written and an interesting adventure.
US$13. bookID # 7365
BERGH, Dr. Leonard John Vanden; On the Trail of the Pigmies; an Anthropological Exploration under the cooperation of the American Museum of Natural History and American Universities. New York, The James McCann Company, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; [x], xiv, 264 pp, frontis, numerous plates & illustrations from photos, map, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, near fine clean copy, signed by the author on the front endpaper.
Travels from Mombassa westward through Kenya, Tanzania, Congo and Uganda, past the Albert Nyanza., with much on the people and excellent illustrations including Masai, Wanyika, Wakamba, Wakikuyu, Pygmies, Wakavirondo, Masia lion hunt, etc.
US$75. bookID # 10305
BROWNE, Major G. St J. Orde; The Vanishing Tribes of Kenya. London, Seeley, Service & Co., 1925, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 284, [iv, ads] pp, frontis, well illustrated with photos, 2 maps including one folding detailed map of Kenya, index, original pictorial cloth gilt, spine lightly faded, short tear at spine head, Stuart Connolly's signature on endpaper, very good+.
A description of the manners and customs of the tribes dwelling on the vast southern slopes of Mount Kenya including marriage laws, domestic rites, arts & crafts, tattooing and dress, teeth-filing, weapons and warfare, music, dances, magic, religion, folklore, riddles, natural history.
US$135. bookID # 5272
CAAMANO, J. Jijon; Contribucion al conocimiento de Los Aborigenes de la Provincia de Imbabura en la Republica del Ecuador [Contribution to our Knowledge of the Aboriginees of Imbabura Province in the Republic of Ecuador]. Madrid, Blass y Cia Impresores, , First edition, 4to [29 x 24 cm]; 351 pp, 64 plates from photos, tissue guards with letterpress, 2 maps including one large and folding map, numerous other illustrations from drawings, tables, original cloth backed boards with title lettering on cover and spine label, edges lightly worn, small mark on cover, endpaper bookplate, interior is clean, fine, unopened and uncut in very good cover.
A thorough and detailed scholarly work, very well illustrated from photos and drawings, based in part on archaeological excavations
US$180. bookID # 11817
CAYLEY-WEBSTER, H.; Through New Guinea and the Cannibal Countries. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1898, First Edition, 8vo [21 x 16 cm]; xvii, 384 pp, photogravure frontis (port), 100 illustrations from photos, mostly full-page, a map is sometimes bound in but is here not found nor is it listed in the illustrations, original cloth, worn, especially at edges and spine, spine frayed and joint tear, internally light soiling, a few leaves loosening, good copy of scarce title, signed by author on tissue guard of frontispiece.
A classic and important study covering all aspects of native society. Various islands in the area are included in the study including New Britain, New Guinea, Ysabel Island, Kei Islands, New Hanover, Solomon Islands, Admiralty Islands, St. Gabriel, Hardy Island.
US$90. bookID # 2047
CHEEVER, Henry T.; Life in the Sandwich Islands; or The Heart of the Pacific, as it was and is. New York, A. S. Barnes & Co., 1851, First edition, 12mo [19 x 13.5 cm]; 355, [iii, ads] pp, extra lithographed title page with vignette, frontis, plates, map, other engravings in text, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt picture on front cover, gilt spine title lettering, spine ends chipped, corner wear, very lightly foxed on few leaves, else very good solid copy.
The illustrations include Kealakekua Bay, Kaahamunau, old Hawaiian idols, Lahaina at Maui, Wailuku, double canoe, coral island and the plate of surf-playing, an early plate of surfing. Smith C45: 'A good picture of the islands at that time'. Hill p. 51: 'This interesting work relates mainly to Cheever's wide travels among the Hawaiian Islands and to his observations of them. Much interesting data is included on the history and native culture of the islands. Chapters are given on the first Hawaiian college and on Hawaiian literature. Cheever predicted eventual American rule of the islands.' Hunnewell 30.
US$170. bookID # 8073
COLENSO, John William; Ten Weeks in Natal; A Journal of a First Tour of Visitation Among the Colonists and Zulu Kafirs of Natal. Cambridge, Macmillan & Co., 1855, First Edition, 12mo [18 x 12 cm]; xxxi, [i], 271, 16, 16 pages of ads, dated March 1855, folding map frontis of Cape Town, Graham's Town and Natal, with outline color, 4 lithographed plates, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine head chipped not affecting lettering, joints worn, engraved bookplate of Richard Bourke on endpaper, minor stain in corner of plate, very good clean copy.
The author was the English Bishop of Natal. He arrived at Port Natal in 1854 and began to familiarize himself with the Zulu language with his efforts resulting in the compilation of a Dictionary and Grammar. Durban at that time had 400 houses and 1,200 white inhabitants. During his tenure, Colenso became embroiled in religious controversy, mainly due to his "liberal" views such as respecting the native practice of polygamy amongst native converts. His views eventually led to his excommunication. However, he continued to support the natives. (DNB) He was the author of a number of books on southern Africa. The plates include Maritzburg from the Bridge on the Durban Road, Street in Maritzburg, scenes. Mendelssohn p. 359.
US$180. bookID # 10422
DECLE, Lionel, introduction by H. M. Stanley; Three Years in Savage Africa. London, Methuen & Co., 1898, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xxxi, 594, 40 (publisher's catalogue dated February 1898) pp, frontis (port), 100 illustrations from photos & drwgs, 5 maps, mostly folding and colored, plus a plan, index, original pictorial cloth with leopard motif, gilt lettering on front cover and spine, lightly rubbed, new endpapers, a clean, very good, a sound and tight copy.
Not in Work. Czech 46. Mendelssohn I, 427: 'Four different zones of exploration were traversed, i.e., South Africa, Nyassland, Tanganyika and Equatorial zones, the whole representing the longest journey that has yet been achieved at one stretch from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. . . a valuable account of the religion, customs, and superstitions of the people, with a description of Victoria Falls.' The appendix contains a vocabulary in Kiswahili, Kinyamwesi, Luganda, Kavirondo, Masai, Kikamba, Kisenga. The book is dedicated to Cecil Rhodes who helped the expedition.
US$280. bookID # 10146
DOBRIZHOFFER, Martin; An Account of the Abipones, an Equestrian People of Paraguay. London, John Murray, 1822, First edition in English, translated from the original Latin, 8vo [21.5 x 13.5 cm]; complete in three volumes, viii, 435; v, 446; vi, 419 pp, contemporary calf boards, corners worn, rebacked with new linen spines, gilt title lettering on leather spine labels, very slightly foxed on few leaves, interiors are clean and fine, in good sound and tight bindings.
The author spent eighteen years in Paraguay with the Guaranis and Abipones peoples. The Abipones, now extinct, were driven out of the Gran Chaco by the Spanish, and these volumes now represents one of the few descriptions of this people. Borba de Moraes 267: 'He returned to Austria where he published this famous book. The first volume contains a description of Paraguay, the war against the mamelucos and other historical events. The last two volumes are concerned with the Abipones. The work was highly esteemed by Southey and inspired his poem, A Tale of Paraguay. The English translation was made by Sara Coleridge'. Sabin 20414. There is considerable description of the animal and plant life of Paraguay, including fruit bearing trees.
US$500. bookID # 12892
DYOTT, G. M.; On the Trail of the Unknown; In the Wilds of Ecuador and the Amazon. London, Thornton Butterworth, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; 288 pp, frontis, numerous illustrations from photos, map showing author's route, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and front cover, a little light foxing on outer edge, very good+ sound copy.
The author of Silent Highways in the Jungle and of Man-Hunting in the Jungle, in Search of Colonel Fawcett, describes in this work his climbing Sangai (Sangay) and Tungurahuaa (which he describes as an ugly heap of rocks and snow), but its currently an active volcano, and then describes his stay among the headhunters of the Amazon and travel by jungle and river to Sumacu, with interesting illustrations.
US$80. bookID # 12479
DYOTT, G. M.; On the Trail of the Unknown; In the Wilds of Ecuador and the Amazon. London, Thornton Butterworth, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; 288 pp, frontis, numerous illustrations from photos, map showing author's route, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and front cover, a little stain on top outer edge, quarter inch of spine head rubbed, very good sound copy.
The author of Silent Highways in the Jungle and of Man-Hunting in the Jungle, in Search of Colonel Fawcett, describes in this work his climbing Sangai (Sangay) and Tungurahuaa (which he describes as an ugly heap of rocks and snow), but its currently an active volcano, and then describes his stay among the headhunters (he calls them head shrinkers) of the Amazon and travel by jungle and river to Sumacu, with interesting illustrations (including one of village of Banos, now a thriving tourist town, but then with only straw-roofed huts).
US$65. bookID # 13384
DYOTT, G. M.; Silent Highways of the Jungle; Being the Adventures of an Explorer in the Andes and along the Upper Reaches of the Amazon. New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1922, First American edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; x, 11- 320 pp, 38 illustrations and plates (complete) including frontis, all from photos, mostly full page, map, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, a few pages with minor marginal foxing, else clean near fine copy.
An interesting narrative of travels on the eastern slope of the Andes in the Amazon jungles of Peru, with the original purpose to ascertain the feasibility of aerial transportation in the remote areas. The author describes the area including the Muratos Indians from the Pastaza river, with his illustrations including some shrunken heads. The second edition of 1924 had only half the illustrations. Spain & Spanish America 224.
US$45. bookID # 13383
ENOCK, C. Reginald; Peru; Its Former and Present Civilization, History and Existing Conditions, Topography and Natural Resources, Commerce and General Development. London, T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, 1916, , 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xxxii, 320 pp, frontis, illus, over 70 plates, folding color map (short tear), tables, bibliog, original cloth, repair, light foxing, else very good.
US$26. bookID # 2346
EWAN, Joseph and Nesta; John Banister and His Natural History of Virginia, 1678-1692. Urbana, Chicago, London, University of Illinois Press, , First Edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; xxx, 485, [ii] pp, illus, double page map, chart, facsimiles from early sources, detailed bibliog, original pictorial cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped), slightly musty else fine.
This ultimate source book and reference on this great early naturalist of the Atlantic seaboard presents a detailed picture of science in England and America, tracing Banister's influence, with original source material.
US$10. bookID # 12928
FAWCETT, P. H.; Lost Trails, Lost Cities; from his Manuscripts, Letters, and other Records, Selected and Arranged by Brian Fawcett. New York, Funk & Wagnalls, , , 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xvi, 332 pp, frontis (portrait), illus from drawings from Brian Fawcett, illus from photos, maps, glossary, index, orig two-part boards, dj (chipped at edges, not price clipped), very good, interior clean and unmarked.
The first account of the seven expeditions of Fawcett in the jungles of Brazil and Bolivia between 1906 and 1925. On his eighth expedition, Fawcett disappeared with his companions in Brazil in 1925. There have been a number of attempts to solve the mystery of his disappearance, including one by Peter Fleming, which became the book, 'Brazilian Adventure'. The book contains much on nature and natives. Fawcett believed in the existence of ruins of Indian cities in the unmapped jungles of South America that would confirm the many Indian legends. Published the same year as the first London edition, which was entitled 'Exploration Fawcett' and was identical in all other respects, it has become a classic exploration account of the Amazon area. Goodman 843: 'The complete, bizarre story.'
US$60. bookID # 13889
FREIDEL, David; Linda Schele, Joy Parker; Maya Cosmos; Three Thousand Years on the Shaman's Path. New York, Willima Morrow and Company, , First Edition, large 8vo [26 x 19 cm]; 543 pp, color illus, numerous drwgs of Mayan artifacts and hieroglyphics, bw photos, notes, bibliog, index, original quarter cloth, boards, dj, fine.
The authors examine Maya mythology and religion using translations of sacred texts, artifacts and histories spanning thousands of years.
US$8. bookID # 2857
FURER HAIMENDORF, Christoph von; Himalayan Barbary. New York, Abelard-Schuman Inc., , First American edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; xiv, 241 pp, 35 illustrations from photos, including full-page, double-page map of Suansiri area in Assam with inset, index, original cloth with gilt title lettering on spine, dj (not price clipped, chip at spine end), clean and fine in very good dj.
The anthropologist author explored the area west of the Subansiri River to gather information on the Daflas and Apa Tanis tribes in the eastern Himalayas. The author describes their codes of honour, the strategy of raiding, bartering of slaves, system of hostages, their techniques of peace negotiations, justice, execution of criminals, social etiquette, customs of these peoples.
US$25. bookID # 10488
GOURGUECHON, Charlene; Journey to the End of the World; a three-year adventure in the New Hebrides. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, , First Edition, 8vo; [viii], 338 pp, frontis map, illustrations from photos, original cloth, dj, fine.
The author and her party lived with the last cannibals of the archipelago and were the first outsiders to visit a tribe that still preserved its ancient traditions.
US$5. bookID # 1549
GUPPY, Nicholas; Wai-Wai; Through the Forests North of the Amazon. New York, E. P. Dutton & Co., 1958, First edition, 8vo [21.5 x 14.5 cm]; x, 375 pp, illustrations from photos, endpaper maps showing author's route, profile of Serra Acarai Rain Forest, index and glossary, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, corner slightly bumped, clean and near fine in good dj (rubbed, spine end chipped, but not price clipped).
The author was the first white man to penetrate these forests of Amazonia drained by the upper parts of the Rio Trombetas in British Guiana near the Brazilian border, where he found tribes of Indians whose existence was only legendary up to then. He describes the native peoples, their activities, customs, beliefs, religion, as well as the botany and the rain forests, based on two expeditions over a four year period. Guppy, the first to write of the people there, describes their art as becoming increasingly abstract and the reasons for it.
US$22. bookID # 12085
HANSEN, Eric; Stranger in the Forest; On Foot Across Borneo. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1988, First Edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; 286 pp, frontis, illus from photos, bibliog, original quarter cloth, boards, dj (short tears), fine in very good dj.
A gripping adventure through the rain forests of Borneo with descriptions of the native peoples, their customs, culture and way of life. 'One of the most fascinating travel books in recent years' (Redmond O'Hanlon).
US$16. bookID # 7713
HERNDON, Wm. Lewis; Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon. Washington, Taylor & Maury, 1854, , 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 414 pp, 16 lithographed plates (complete as called for) including the frontis of cathedral of Lima, mainly by Gibbon, large folding map at end, original blind stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine ends chipped, some light staining in last part of book, light foxing, good copy.
Hasse p32, 36; Sabin 31524: "Contains minute, accurate and very interesting accounts of the aborigines of the Andes, and the Amazon and its tributaries." Borba de Moraes p 399: "This is an excellent book on the regions mentioned." Goodman 775: 'A most interesting and detailed account, well-written and containing much information.' The plates are of scenery, views, native people, buildings, etc. This book was issued separately from the set that in the original edition included a volume by Gibbon. Field 688:.
US$18. bookID # 12703
HERNDON, Wm. Lewis; Lardner Gibbon; Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon, made under the direction of the Navy Department. Washington, Robert Armstrong; A. O. P. Nicholson, 1854, House of Representatives issue, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 2 volumes, iv, 417; x 339 pp, 52 lithographed plates, mainly by Gibbon, original blind stamped cloth, spines faded but title lettering visible, moderately foxed, else a very good set.
Hasse p32, 36; Sabin 31524: "Contains minute, accurate and very interesting accounts of the aborigines of the Andes, and the Amazon and its tributaries." Borba de Moraes p 399: "This is an excellent book on the regions mentioned." Field 688. Goodman 775: 'A most interesting and detailed account, well-written and containing much information.' The plates are of scenery, views, with many on native people, buildings, architecture (including an early one of Incan ruin). All the plates are present.
US$150. bookID # 10097
HERNDON, Wm. Lewis; Lardner Gibbon; Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon, made under the direction of the Navy Department. Washington, Robert Armstrong; A. O. P. Nicholson, 1854, House of Representatives issue of volume I, Senate issue of volume II, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 2 volumes, iv, iv [contents, list of plates], 417; x 339 pp, 52 lithographed plates, mainly by Gibbon, original blind stamped cloth, joint of volume II repaired, spine faded, lightly foxed on some leaves but mainly clean, few signatures pulled but firm, else a very good set.
Hasse p32, 36; Sabin 31524: "Contains minute, accurate and very interesting accounts of the aborigines of the Andes, and the Amazon and its tributaries." Borba de Moraes p 399: "This is an excellent book on the regions mentioned." Goodman 775: 'A most interesting and detailed account, well-written and containing much information.' Field 688:. The plates are of scenery, views, with many on native people, buildings, architecture (including an early one of Incan ruin). All the plates are present.
US$150. bookID # 9316
HERNDON, Wm. Lewis; Lardner Gibbon; Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon, made under the direction of the Navy Department. Washington, Robert Armstrong, 1854, House of Representatives issue, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 4 volumes, 414, iv; x, [i], 339 pp, 52 lithographed plates, mainly by Gibbon, 5 large folding maps in two separate portfolios, original blind stamped cloth, spines faded, faded spines with tears and end chipped, few signatures bit loose, lightly foxed, mostly marginal, endpaper signature, else very good set in custom made cloth slipcase with title label.
Hasse p32, 36; Sabin 31524: "Contains minute, accurate and very interesting accounts of the aborigines of the Andes, and the Amazon and its tributaries." Field 688. Borba de Moraes p 399: "This is an excellent book on the regions mentioned." Goodman 775: 'A most interesting and detailed account, well-written and containing much information.' The plates are of scenery, views, with many on native people, buildings, architecture (including an early one of Incan ruin). All the plates are present as well as the usually absent map portfolios. A complete set of the four volumes. A monumental and important survey.
US$300. bookID # 11623
IVANOFF, Pierre; Mayan Enigma; The Search for a Lost Civilization. New York, Delacorte Press, , First American edition, 8vo [21.5 x 14.5 cm]; [vi], 202, [i] pp, illustrations from photos, bibliog, original pictorial cloth, spine title lettering, dj (light wear at upper edge, not price clipped), fine and clean in very good dj.
The author describes his adventures in the rain forests of Peten, Guatemala, where he discovered a new classic Mayan city, as well as his life among the Lacandone in Chiapis, with good descriptions of nature, peoples, customs, beliefs, etc. He proposes a theory of why the Mayan civilization collapsed.
US$3. bookID # 11973
KEELY, Robert N.; G. G. Davis; In Arctic Seas, the Voyage of the "Kite" with the Peary Expedition together with a Transcript of the Log of the "Kite". Philadelphia, Rufus C. Hartranft, 1893, , 8vo [23 x 17 cm]; vii, 524 pp, frontis, many illustrations & plates, folding map of Greenland, original pictorialred cloth with silver scene on cover, gilt lettering, rubbed, front hinge strengthened, very good copy.
AB 8484: "The expedition of 1891-2, sponsored by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, was under command of Peary until he left the ship, then under Prof. A. Heilprin. The personnel included zoologists and botanists." Much on the West Greenland coast, natives, ice, etc.
US$55. bookID # 2542
LORD, John Keast; The Naturalist in Vancouver Island and British Columbia. London, Richard Bentley, 1866, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes, xvi, 358; x, 375 pp, 11 plates including 2 frontis's, each with tissue guard, 2 vignettes, errata sheet in each volume, detailed appendix listing mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, fishes, shells, etc., original green pictorial cloth, gilt fish in border on covers, gilt title lettering and designs on spine, cover edge a bit rubbed, one margin of text page with chip, else a fine and clean set.
TPL 4516. Lande 1290. Lowther 275. Sabin 42035. Zimmer 404. Wood 441. Extensive description of the natural history of the area as well as description of the native peoples. The author was with the British North American Boundary Commission and travelled extensively, making notes as he went, and found a number of new species. The plates are of birds and other nature subjects, views and indigenous peoples.
US$500. bookID # 12938
LYON, Captain G. F.; The Private Journal of Captain G. F. Lyon of H. M. S. Hecla. London, John Murray, 1824, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; xiii, [i, plate list], 468 pp, large folding map, 7 engraved plates including frontis, musical notations, later cloth with title lettering on paper spine labels, endpaper with tear, signature of John Stephens, 1839, on endpaper, light stains in outer margin of few leaves, minor foxing, interior very good, clean.
The book is considered one the best on the Eskimos [Inuit] and the north, recording an expedition to discover the northwest passage. The journal sets forth details of the expedition, especially concerning Eskimo life, which were not included in Parry's official account, The Journal of a Second Voyage. Hill 186: 'The author, accompanying Parry's second Arctic expedition in 1821-23, observed with great attention the habits of life and traits of character of the different tribes of the "Esquimaux". The Fury and Hecla sailed in 1821 in search of a northwest passage and succeeded in examining Repulse Bay and the Fury and Hecla Strait'. The fine plates are by Finden after drawings by Lyon. Lande 1291. Field 961. Sabin 42583. Arctic Bibliography 10531. TPL 1289.
US$200. bookID # 13336
MARSHALL, A. J.; The Men and Birds of Paradise; Journeys through Equatorial New Guinea. London, William Heinemann, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xii, 299 pp, numerous illustrations from photos, drwg by John Baker, map, original green cloth, gilt spine lettering clear, light foxing on edge, very good.
An expedition in northern New Guinea with travels and descriptions of the native peoples, their customs, way of life, nature, etc.
US$55. bookID # 5992
MAYBURY-LEWIS, David; The Savage and the Innocent. Cleveland and New York, The World Publishing Company, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; 270 pp, 3 maps, illustrations from photos on plates, index, original blue cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, dj (not price clipped, very minor rubbing at lower edge), clean and fine copy.
A narrative of the anthropologist author's living with the Shavante and the Sherente peoples in the Amazon of central Brazil, with this wife and baby son. A fascinating description of these people and their way of life.
US$10. bookID # 11326
MCQUADE, James; The Cruise of the Montauk to Bermuda, The West Indies and Florida. New York, Thomas R. Knox & Co, 1885, First Edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xv, [i], 441 pp, frontis, numerous engraved plates, illustrations of musical scores, original pictorial cloth, gilt spine title lettering, all edges gilted, spine lightly faded but lettering clear, slight wear at edge, name on blank endpaper but a near fine copy, very clean and bright.
The attractive plates are of native peoples, vegetation, sailing scenes, and many views, including of Bermuda, Basse Terre, St. Kitt's, Nevis, St. Pierre, Martinique, Trinidad, Curacoa, Jamaica, Havana, Cuba, St. Augustine, Florida, etc. Welch p. 97. Clark I, 399. Smith M37: 'covers most of the Caribbean islands'. This copy has a loose 'Finis', a four-page addenda describing events after the book was published and inserted into some copies, dated December 17th, 1884, by the author.
US$65. bookID # 13817
MIGEOD, Frederick William Hugh; Through Nigeria to Lake Chad. London, Heath Cranton, 1924, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 14 cm]; 330 pp, 20 plates from photos, including frontis, some plates with two images, 2 foldout maps, other illustrations of face marks from drwgs, index, bibliog, original cloth with spine title lettering, covers a little rubbed and marked, newer endpapers, very good complete copy with only slight foxing at outer edge.
A narrative of the author's travels to Lake Chad by way of the Benue river, with a return journey along the northern frontier of Nigeria to Kano through semi-desert, and down the railway to Lagos, to study ethnology, especially the movements of tribes caused by the desiccation of the country. The author spent 25 years in the area, having conducted numerous expeditions, and provides detailed observations of the Lake Chad area, Niger Delta, Benue River to Ibi, Yola, Garua, Bornu, Dikoa, Ngala, Kukawa, River Yobe, Bedde Country, Katagum, Hadeija, Garun Gabbas, Machena, Gumel, Kano, etc, the peoples, geology, customs, much on face markings. The appendix includes vocabularies of local languages. Work 24.
US$190. bookID # 8328
MILLER, Leo E.; In the Wilds of South America; Six Years of Exploration in Columbia, Venezuela, British Guiana, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1918, First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; xiv, 424 pp, color frontis, numerous illustrations from photos, 2 maps (1 folding, and showing route in red), index, original pictorial cloth, gilt lettering, light edge wear, internal hinge cracked and repaired, endpaper bookplate, interior is clean, very good, inscribed & signed by author, dated Nov. 22, 1918 on endpaper.
Based on 6 years of continuous exploration in most countries of South America, the author describes his travels, some of it as part of various expeditions, through forests, on rivers, mountains, and coasts, with details on all aspects of natural history, flora, native peoples and their customs and extensive and interesting illustrations. Welch p. 11. Goodman 854: 'This very interesting narrative contains 70 good illustrations. Chapters 13-16 cover the Roosevelt-Rondon expedition of 1913-1914.' Signed copies are rarely found.
US$68. bookID # 13749
MILLIGAN, Robert H.; The Jungle Folk of Africa. New York, Fleming H. Revell Company, , Second edition, the same year as the first edition, 8vo [21 x 14.5 cm]; 380, [iv, ads] pp, frontis, plus 15 plates from photos, original pictorial cloth, rubbed, small light stain in upper margins, good copy.
Based on seven years in Africa, the author gives his impressions of the peoples, their lives, society, native religion, customs, folk-lore, etc.
US$12. bookID # 6186
MORTIMER, W. Golden; Peru, History of Coca 'The Divine Plant' of the Incas with an Introductory Account of the Incas and of the Andean Indians of Today. New York, J. H. Vail & Company, 1901, First edition, thick 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; xxxi, 576 pp, frontis, 178 illustrations, index, bibliog, glossary, original pictorial gilt cloth, gilt spine title lettering, slight shelf wear at lower edge, a near fine copy, clean throughout.
Hilton 6944. Waller 15626. Garrison Morton 2040.1: 'The most comprehensive work on the coca plant and the history of its use by the Incas and their descendants'. The work has much on the history and botany of Coca, a description of the regions where it is produced, production and products of the Coca leaf, alkaloids, influence of Coca on energy and nervous system, physiology, adaptation of coca to voice production, the dietetic influence of Coca, all in the context of the history of Peru and its peoples, the Incas, etc. There are detailed appendices on investigations of coca on physiology, therapeutic applications, food uses of coca, preparations. Excellent illustrations, many from early sources, artifacts, views, art, botanical, etc.
US$270. bookID # 11425
NEWTON, Henry; In Far New Guinea; A Stirring Record of Work and Observation Amongst the People of New Guinea, with a Description of Their Manners, Customs & Religions. London, Seeley, Service & Co., 1914, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; [xii], 304, 16 [ads] pp, frontis, 46 illustrations from photos, mostly full-page, folding map (split in fold), index, original blue pictorial gilt cloth, gilt spine lettering, top edge gilted, spine faded, edges rubbed, corner bumped, few leaves bit foxed, good copy.
The author first travelled to New Guinea from Australia in 1899, where he travelled extensively throughout the British New Guinea, Papua, over a 14 year period, describing the peoples in detail, their customs, rituals, society, etc. The illustrations are quite good.
US$130. bookID # 6353
OSBORNE, Harold; Indians of the Andes; Aymaras and Quechuas. London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; xiii, 266, [xii, ads] pp, 30 illustrations from photos on plates, 2 maps, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, clean and fine copy in dj (spine a little darkened and bit chipped at end, not price clipped).
A detailed history of these two indigenous nations, covering Peru and Bolivia. The languages of both groups are spoken widely in the area today, being official languages of those nations. Includes archaeology, Incas, who spoke Quechua, relationship to Spanish, etc, and an interesting appendix on Coca and its uses
US$15. bookID # 12227
OVIEDO Y VALDES, Captain Gonzalo Fernandez, translated and edited by Daymond Turner; The Conquest and Settlement of the Island of Boriquen or Puerto Rico. Avon, Limited Editions Club, 1975, First edition in English, limited to 2,000 copies, this is #644, signed by both illustrators, small folio [31 x 19 cm]; xxxviii, 143, [i] pp, 8 fine color plates, illustrations from drawings and paintings, original quarter natural vellum, gilt stamped on red cloth, spine lightly sunned, original black slipcase with gilt lettering, fine and clean.
Illustrated by Jack & Irene Delano. The book was first published in 1535 and is one of the first published descriptions of the island with much on the native peoples, natural history and Spanish rule. This edition is its first publication in English.
US$100. bookID # 7717
ROBERTS, Kenneth G. and Philip Shackleton; The Canoe; A History of the Craft from Panama to the Arctic. Toronto, Macmillan of Canada, , First Edition, oblong 4to [26 x 31 cm]; viii, 279 pp, numerous illustrations and plates in color and bw, bibliog, index, map endpapers showing aboriginal peoples in North and Central America, original simulated leather cloth, gilt vignette and lettering, dj, a fine copy in fine dj, signed in ink by both authors on the half-title page.
An important study including rafts and floats, the dugout, the skin boat, the bark canoe, the modern canoe and all their variations over time and from different aboriginal peoples. Many of the illustrations are from early sources including the making and use of the canoe. A major, if not the best modern work on the subject.
US$35. bookID # 9167
SCHELE, Linda and David Freidel; A Forest of Kings; The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya. New York, William Morrow and Company, , , large 8vo [26 x 18 cm]; 542 pp, color photos, black & white photos, over 250 drawings, hieroglyphs, maps, plans, bibliog, index, original cloth-backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine and clean, no marks or ownerships.
A scholarly and well-illustrated history of the Maya based on the their hieroglyphs by the premier authorities on the subject. Very well-illustrated.
US$4. bookID # 13284
SHUKMAN, Henry; Sons of the Moon; A Journey in the Andes. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, , First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; [vi], 184 pp, illustrations from photos, map, original cloth-backed boards, silver title lettering on spine, dj (not price clipped), fine in very good+ dj.
A narrative of the author's extensive travels in the Andes of Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, especially in the Altiplano, from Cuzco, Picac, Macchu Picchu to Raqchi, Tqa4raco, Puno, around Lake Titicaca, La Paz, Oruro, Escara, Tunupa, Susques, Uyuni, Sacaca, etc, describing the Aymara people, their customs, way of life, conditions, etc.
US$3. bookID # 11266
SMITH, Nicol; Bush Master; Into the Jungles of Dutch Guiana. Indianapolis, New York, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, , First Edition, 8vo [24 x 17 cm]; 315 pp, frontis, numerous illustrations from photos by the author, Arawak vocabulary, map endpapers, original cloth, gilt lettering, slight shelfwear, some light foxing on some leaves, very good+.
Interesting travel narrative of a largely unknown country with an emphasis on the native people, customs, social life in the bush, nature, jungle, etc.
US$7. bookID # 5552
STACY-JUDD, Robert B.; The Ancient Mayas; Adventures in the Jungles of Yucatan. Los Angeles, Haskell-Travers, , First Edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; 277 pp, frontis (map), plates from photos, headpieces, original cloth, slight wear at edges, bookplate on endpaper, printed on tinted paper, near fine.
An excellent travel book. A previous owner has added loose photos of several of the archaeological ruins, from similar viewpoints.
US$18. bookID # 2524
WALKER, H. Wilfrid; Wanderings Among South Sea Savages and in Borneo and the Philippines. London, Witherby, 1909, First edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xvi, 254, [ii, ads] pp, 48 plates from photos including frontis, index, original cloth, top edge gilted, spine lightly faded, light foxing on some leaves, very good.
The author, a member of the Royal Geographical Society, travelled extensively, including to Fiji, New Guinea, Borneo, Sarawak, describing the native peoples, cannibals, the jungles, etc.
US$65. bookID # 5136
WEEKS, John H.; Among Congo Cannibals; Experiences, Impressions and Adventures During a Thirty Years' Sojourn Amongst the Boloki and Other Congo Tribes with a Description of their curious Habits, Customs, Religion & Laws. Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1913, First American edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 352 pp, frontis and numerous plates from photos, folding color map at rear, index, original pictorial gilt cloth, top edge gilted, spine faded, very good, internally clean.
Work p. 64. A detailed and interesting work. The appendices are on bread-making, Boloki language, counting and kinship, native diseases, health of white men on the Congo.
US$110. bookID # 5160
WEEKS, John H.; Among the Primitive Bakongo; A Record of Thirty Years' Close Intercourse with the Bakongo and Other Tribes of Equatorial Africa, with a Description of their Habits, Customs & Religious Beliefs. Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1914, First American edition, published same year as first English edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xvi, 318 pp, frontis, 40 illus, including full-page from photos, folding detailed map, partly in color, index, original red pictorial gilt cloth (with picture of native in Buffalo disguise), top edge gilted, with gilt lettering on spine, light foxing, a very bright, unworn cover, fine copy.
Work 64. The author describes the people of the Lower Congo and his extensive travels in the area, with sections on court etiquette, language and proverbs, native foods and drinks, social life, Congo women and their ways, native amusements, curses, fetishes, warfare, hunting, black magic and white magic, religion, etc. An appendix lists native diseases and their remedies.
US$120. bookID # 6254
WILLIAMSON, Robert W.; The Ways of the South Sea Savage; A Record of Travel & Observation Amongst the Savages of the Solomon Islands & Primitive Coast & Mountain Peoples of New Guinea. London, Seeley, Service & Co, 1914, First Edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; 308 pp, frontis, illustrations & plates from photos, folding color map, original pictorial cloth, worn, light foxing on some leaves, ink name of previous owner on endpaper, near fine, complete.
A detailed study of the Papuans and Solomon Islanders before their culture was destroyed by other civilizations, with good illustrations.
US$110. bookID # 5375
WRIGHT, Malcolm; The Gentle Savage. Melbourne, Lansdowne Press, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; [x], 172 pp, frontis, illustrations from photos, map endpapers, original cloth, dj (bit worn at spine ends), else fine.
The author describes his life in Papua New Guinea in the 1930s, where he tried to break down the isolation of the various peoples there. Much on the customs and society of the native peoples. The area was an Australian colony at the time.
US$15. bookID # 5331
WRIGHT, Ronald; Cut Stones and Crossroads; A Journey in the Two Worlds of Peru. New York, The Viking Press, , First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; [xvi], 239 pp, illus, maps, plans, index, chronology from early times to the present, note on Runasimi pronunciation, glossary, bibliog, original cloth backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), very fine and clean, unmarked, with the author's signature on the title page.
A blending of Peru's Inca heritage and modern problems, the author explores the architecture, culture, history and world-view of the Inca with the daily realities of their descendents, the Runa Indians. Based on the author's extensive travels, this is a travel classic, probably the best modern book on Peru, the author's first book and his scarcest.
US$70. bookID # 13263
WRIGHT, Ronald; Cut Stones and Crossroads; A Journey in the Two Worlds of Peru. New York, The Viking Press, , First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; [xvi], 239 pp, illus, maps, plans, index, chronology from early times to the present, note on Runasimi pronunciation, glossary, bibliog, original cloth backed boards, dj (not price clipped), fine and clean, unmarked.
A blending of Peru's Inca heritage and modern problems, the author explores the architecture, culture, history and world-view of the Inca with the daily realities of their descendents, the Runa Indians. Based on the author's extensive travels, this is a travel classic, probably the best modern book on Peru, the author's first book and his scarcest.
US$18. bookID # 12256
WRIGHT, Ronald; On Fiji Islands. [New York], Viking, , First Edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xii, [ii], 257 pp, glossary, bibliog, endpaper maps, original quarter cloth, boards, dj, fine.
The author observes that societies that do not eat people are fascinated by those that do. "An artful blend of travel memoir and historical narrative", and a fascination of cannibals and their adaptation to modern times.
US$4. bookID # 2814
WRIGHT, Ronald; Time Among the Maya; Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. Markham, London, New York, Viking, , First Edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; x, 451, [i] pp, maps, glossary, bibliog, index, original pictorial cloth backed boards, dj (not price clipped), fine in fine dj.
The author travelled extensively through jungles, towns and back roads, to barely accessible old ruins, to describe life and spirit among the Mayans, both current and ancient, in an enjoyable mix of journalism, archaeology, history and ethnology. One of the best modern works on the subject.
US$6. bookID # 6425
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