Very Good. Item #5980
New York: A. Wessels Company, 1904. Later Printing. Part of the Wessels series "Source Books of American History." Octavo; 219pp, including "Notes to the Legends." Full-color frontispiece portrait of the Cornplanter, with captioned tissue guard. Burgundy cloth boards with gilt spine lettering; front panel blind-stamped with "Source Books of American History" device.
Gilt lettering on spine darkened; slight fraying and wear to all edges. Six pages of textblock show brown liquid blot at lower corner; textblock otherwise clean. Previous owner's name in ink on front free endpaper.
Three preliminary sections are followed by 25 legends, including the famous "Story of Oniata," "Why the Animals do not Talk," "Hiawatha," and "The Happy Hunting-Grounds." From Canfield's preliminary statement: "The Cornplanter died a strong believer in the religion of the red men, and looked forward with an eye of faith towards the Happy Hunting-Grounds, for which countless generations of his people had been taught to hope."