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The Native Races. Vol. II. Civilized Nations. (Volume II of The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft)
Author: Bancroft, Hubert Howe
Reference #: 1630
List Price: $80.00
A. L. Bancroft & Company, Publishers, San Francisco; 1883. Royal octavo, full calf, marbled edges with bevelled fore edge. Pp. [x], (fold-out map) + 805 pp.; 1 fold-out chart of 20 columns showing the “Names of Mexican Months According to Various Authors”, following p. 508; raised bands bordering black morocco with gilt titles on spine.
The phrase ‘civilized nations’ referred to those which, in Bancroft’s evaluation, had developed a civilization with the hallmarks of a legal system, coherent religion, discernible patter of society, etc., and thus man in such cultures became “the Instrument and not the Element of Progress”. The material, copiously footnoted and well-researched, covers in depth the Nations of the Nahua, the Aztec, and the Maya. For each group themes such as education, rites of marriage, food, religious feasts, calendar, dress, laws and judicial systems are studied, amongst others.
Condition: Uniform toning from glue migration at edges of end papers; minor rubbing at the edges, tips; slight mis-folding of plate leaves it protruding, but undamaged; front boards separating, held firmly by original binding cords. Text is clean and bright, without foxing.
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