Zurich: J. Honeggerschen Lithographischen Anstalt, 1845. 175pp. of text, fifty-five lithographed plates (with several figures per plate in some cases), and lithographed title. Folio. Three-quarter morocco and marbled boards, edges sprinkled brown. Slight edge wear, light foxing. Near fine. Item #WRCAM51582
The third, enlarged and augmented edition of this interesting work, being an anthropological study of the native races of the various parts of the globe. Of special interest to Americanists are the ninth, tenth and eleventh parts, devoted to HOMO AMERICANUS, illustrated with a total of seven fine lithographed plates depicting North American Indians, based on Bodmer's works, including several of the most famous of his views. In the American parts there are also plates of Mexicans, Patagonians, and one of Eskimos. Other parts cover Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Europe, etc., and include equally beautiful depictions of resident peoples. The author of this work served as professor of zoology at Zurich, where he founded the zoological collection and wrote a number of works in related fields. The work was originally issued in eleven parts with printed wrappers, consisting of five fine lithographed plates and accompanying text; the present copy binds the parts together to form one continuous volume. In spite of its large relevance to America, we find no mention of this work in Sabin, Field, et al.