Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Grambo & Company, 1853. First edition, later printing. Hardcover. Quarto (4to). Very good condition. Item #019593
Five volume set; complete. Listed in Howes S183 as a "cheaper edition, smaller size and omitting volume VI...". Original full leather bindings with raised bands and a maroon and a green gilt-lettered leather spine label on each volume. About half of the hinges have been repaired, there is a chip to the top of one spine that has been filled/repaired, there is minor craquelure to the finish of the leather, and the spines are darkened and somewhat worn. Published between 1853 and 1856. This edition was not published with the large folding map "A New Map of Georgia...". Although reduced from the first edition, this early reprint edition contains 275 plates including maps, figures, engraved titles, etc. some of which are fold-out but reduced from the original size and most are not in color. There is moderate browning and foxing scattered throughout the text and to many of the plates. Howes S183. Sabin 77849. Field 1379: "Schoolcraft's work was intended to be a great encyclopedia of information relating to the American Aborigines. Schoolcraft had but little learning and no scientific training ... the work contains a vast mass of really valuable material" . Vol. I: [iv], xxii, -568 pages; 76 plates. Vol. II: [ii], xxiv, -608 pages; 80 plates. Vol. III: [iv], xviii, 19-635 pages; 42 plates. Vol. IV: [ii], xxvi, 19-668 pages; 41 plates. Vol. V: xxiv, 25-712 pages; 36 plates and 9 in-text woodcuts. Measures 10.75 inches or 273mm (height). Previous owner's bookplates on front endpapers: Alexander Henry Browne and Callaly Castle. An attractive early printing of this seminal work and a version/format not often encountered.