Auction 122, Lot 905

"Contributions to North American Ethnology. Volume III.", Powers, Stephen

Subject: Miscellaneous Books - Native Americans

Period: 1877 (dated)

Publication: Department of the Interior

Color: Printed Color

9.5 x 11.5 inches
24.1 x 29.2 cm

This in-depth study of the Indians of California addresses their racial structure, physical aspects, linguistic distribution, customs, history of individual tribes, etc. This example is illustrated with numerous black and white engravings, and also features many tables comparing the different vocabularies of the tribes that populated the region. Although J.W. Powell, head of the USG&GS took exception to certain facts concerning the Indian populations, Powers was disinclined to change his data. With the large and colorful Map Showing the Distribution of the Indian Tribes of California. (22 x 25.6"). This historically important map was compiled by Powers, who is considered California's first Ethnologist. It is a detailed examination of the Indian tribes throughout the state. The extensive legend provides the key to the coloring of the tribes, which identifies nineteen Linguistic Stocks. There is good detail of the existing railroads between Ft. Yuma and the Los Angeles area, and up the central valley to Sacramento and north to end at Shasta. This map was drawn by H. Lindenkohl and lithographed by the venerable firm of Julius Bien. Rare to find the map with its original volume. The frontispiece is a wood engraving "Klamath River Lodge and Sweat-house." 625 pp. Hardbound in original brown cloth with gilt title on spine.


Condition: B+

Contents very good to fine. Covers are a bit worn and faded with heavy sunning to spine. Signatures are tight. The folding map is good (B) with some fold toning and two splits.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $100

Closed on 12/5/2007