Very Good. Item #9194
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1870. First American Edition. Octavo (20.5x13.5x3cm); xvi + 380pp, including bibliography and index + 8pp of publisher's prospectuses, including Darwin and Spencer. Four full-page plates and 20 figures. [Sabin 42601]
Red ochre publisher's percaline with blind-stamped frames and borders on both panels; gilt spine stamping with emblematic "primitive" head. Note that we are dealing, transAtlantically, with "Civilization" on the spine, and "Civilisation" within the textblock.
Extremely good condition with few signs of wear or even use. First owner's 1870 signature in florid penciled script on the title page; one four-word penciled marginalium praising the Tahitians for their skepticism toward missionary claims.
A volume that is now dubious, fascinating, repellent, and cloaked in the scientism of the day. Lubbock does not veil his racist and colonial presumptions—though he could not see them that way—as he makes an embryonic attempt to move from Darwinian and Spencerian postulates to modern comparative anthropology and ethnography. The survey is global; presumably Sabin listed it because of the sections on Native Americans,