Very Good. Item #5982
Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1937. First Edition. Inscribed and signed on front free endpaper: "To Charles F. Hanke, an accurate observer, an able administrator and a true friend of the Indian, J.P. Kinney." Octavo; xv + 366pp, including bibliography, appendix, and index. Four pages of B&W documentary photographs plus frontispiece photo of author with tissue guard. Tipped-in fold-out map showing geographic locales of "Tribes of North America"; tipped-in double-spread statistical chart of "Indian Lands Showing Total Areas." Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering and rules on spine; gilt Johns Hopkins emblem on front panel; blind stamped border on both panels.
Clean binding with two minor non-tearing dents, one on lower spine, the other at top edge of front panel. Light foxing to frontispiece tissue guard; textblock otherwise pristine. Tipped-in map and chart, both on onion skin, are nearly pristine, without misfolds and with only minor glue-browning in center of double-spread chart.
Interesting, if now somewhat distasteful, as a "middle ground" survey of the U.S. government's treatment of the indigenous peoples on the continent. Kinney positioned himself as an enlightened and objective supporter of proper treatment of the Native American populations, while writing as a persistent apologist for the civilizing power of government behavior. Charles F. Hanke was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in the late 19th century.