Paris: Morizot, 1862. ,608,pp. plus 16 (of 40) tinted lithographed plates. Original red publisher's cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Extremities worn, cloth rubbed. Light scattered foxing internally. About very good, though lacking a number of plates. First French edition, and in regard to the superior quality of the lithographs over those in the British edition, the most desirable illustrated edition. As with the Abbe's other writings, particularly his MANUSCRIT PICTOGRAPHIE..., the authenticity of certain aspects of this work has been questioned. It appears that the author drew upon other accounts for much of his information. He did visit the Southwest, spending some time along the Rio Grande and elsewhere in southern Texas. "Purports to be a scientific treatise on the Indians in the wilds of the new world; their origin, manners, customs, religion, etc., with a physical description of those regions, and based on personal observation...List of Indian tribes, with some vocabularies of some of their languages. Physical description of northwestern Texas, perhaps from Marcy" - Raines, who erroneously dates this edition 1860, perhaps presuming that the French publication must have occurred prior to or simultaneously with the 1860 British edition. RAINES, p.70. GRAFF 1121. PILLING 1062. WAGNER-CAMP 356:2. HOWES D410. (Inventory #: WRCAM44388)
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