The Uncivilized Races of Men in All Countries of the World; Being a comprehensive account of their manners and customs, and of their physical, social, mental, moral and religious characteristics… With New Designs by Angas, Danby, Wolf, Zwecker, etc., etc.
1879·Cincinnati and St. Louis:
by WOOD, John George (1827-1889).
Cincinnati and St. Louis:: J.A. Brainerd & Co., 1879., 1879. Two volumes. 8vo. , vi, , 11-768; , [iv], 769-1530 pp. Two frontispieces (both with tissue overlay), profusely illustrated, index; tissue overlay foxed, hinges cracked. Original gilt and decorative blind-stamped brown cloth; extremities repaired with kozo. Ownership sticker of E. T. Peirce. With a letter by Grace Crile. Very good. Early edition of this popular survey of The Uncivilized Races of Men. Volume I is devoted to African tribes while Volume II is concerned with the aboriginal inhabitants of Australia, New Zealand, Pacific islands, Borneo, North, Central and South America, Siberia, India, and the Far East. / John George Wood, or Rev J. G. Wood, (July 21, 1827–March 3, 1889), was a popular English writer on natural history./ Wood was born in London, son of surgeon John Freeman Wood and Juliana Lisetta, and educated at home, at Ashbourne grammar school and Merton College, Oxford (B.A., 1848, M.A., 1851); also at Christ Church, where he worked for some time in the anatomical museum under Sir Henry Acland. In 1852 he became curate of the parish of St Thomas the Martyr, Oxford, and in 1854 was ordained priest; he also took up the post of chaplain to the Boatmen's Floating Chapel at Oxford. Among other benefices which he held was for a time chaplain to St. Bartholomew's Hospital. In 1878 Wood settled in Upper Norwood, where he lived until his death. / In 1854, he gave up his curacy to devote himself to writing on natural history, becoming a well-known parson-naturalist of the Victorian era. In 1858 he accepted a readership at Christ Church, Newgate Street, and was assistant-chaplain to St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, from 1856 until 1862. Between 1868 and 1876 he was a presenter to the Canterbury Diocesan Choral Union. / After 1876 he devoted himself to the production of books and lecturing on zoology, which he illustrated by drawing on a black-board or on large sheets of white paper with colored crayons. These "sketch lectures," as he called them, were very popular, and made his name widely known both in Great Britain and in the United States. / Wood gave occasional lectures from 1856. In 1879, however, he began lecturing as a second profession, and continued to lecture steadily until 1888 in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. He delivered the Lowell Lectures in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1883-4. / Wood was a prolific and successful natural history writer…For example, his book Common objects of the country sold 100,000 copies in a week. Among his works are Common Objects of the Microscope, Illustrated Natural History (1853), Animal Traits and Characteristics (1860), Common Objects of the Sea Shore (1857),The Uncivilized Races, or Natural History of Man (1870), Out of Doors (1874) (a book that was quoted by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane"), Field Naturalist's Handbook (with T. Wood) (1879–80), books on gymnastics and sport, and an edition of Gilbert White's Natural History of Selborne. He edited The Boys Own Magazine. / Wood died at Coventry on March 3, 1889. / Accompanied by an autograph letter signed from Grace Crile, wife of George Washington Crile, M.D., on their personal stationery at 2620 Derbyshire Road, [Cleveland Heights] Cleveland. Dr. Crile was a founder of the Cleveland Clinic and one of the most prominent physicians of the twentieth century. Dr. Crile regularly took hunting trips to Africa. This letter is addressed to “My dear Mr. Painter” The letter is undated, but does say “Thursday”. No envelope. She writes with reference to Africa: “She came back just thrilled with … day + aid it was such a joy to Fal[?] with someone who knew + … Africa as she did – who had known her husband and who could appreciate what his dreams meant and her eagerness to see it fulfilled.” Painter is the son of John Vickers Painter (railroad man and banker), Kenyon V. Painter, also a banker, took over the estate and died there in 1940. Kenyon and George Crile both enjoyed big game hunting in Africa. “During the depression, Mr. Painter lost the majority of his wealth, however, his bank continued to operate profitably. In 1933, during a bank holiday regulatory bank officials ordered the bank closed. This decision was widely considered to be politely motivated due to Kenyon’s affiliation with Teddy Roosevelt, and the Republican Party. Proof of this is offered with the fact that all investors were fully paid on all accounts. Kenyon, in an effort to boost the stock value of Union Trust took a 3 million dollar loan with which he purchased stock in Union Trust. After the bank was ordered shut down, he was unable to repay the loan and was convicted of malfeasants and spent a brief amount of time in prison before he was released due to his declining health, and died shortly thereafter [by heart attack].” – Wikip.
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