The Iroquois Book of Rites, Brinton's Library of Aboriginal American Literature, Number II

Philadelphia: D. G. Brinton, 1883. Cloth. Map: The Huron-Iroquois Nations and the Surrounding Tribes. A.D. 1535-1780.
First edition. 8vo; v, [1-9], 10-222pp; blind stamped border on brown cloth over board, gilt title to spine; one map; uncut bottom; sunning and spotting to cover and spine, bumping to cover corners, scuff with cloth loss to bottom edge rear board, chipping to endpaper edges, upper corner of rear free endpaper lacking, scattered light foxing; very good. Very good. Item #93

One of the eight books of this set on Aboriginal Americans. This book includes chapters on the Huron-Iroquois Nations, the League and its founders, rites, clans and classes, laws, historical traditions, the Iroquois character, policy and language. The book displays many typical 19th c. stereotypes about native peoples, especially in the chapter on character, but seems to be far more supportive and in defense of their culture than many published during this time period.

Price: $145.00

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