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Lafitau, Joseph-François (1681-1746)
Moeurs des Sauvages Ameriquains comparées aux Moeurs des Premiers Temps
Saugrain l'ainé & Charles Estienne Hochereau, Paris. 4 volumes. [22]+256 pages with thirteen folding plates including frontispiece and folding map of the Americas indicating regions inhabited by Indian tribes; [6]+296 pages with six folding plates; [10]+248 pages with thirteen folding plates; [6]+196+[67 index] ages with eight folding plates. Duodecimo (6 1/2" x 4") bound contemporary mottled calf with five raised spine bands, black and red labels in gilt and original ribbon page markers, marbled end papers and page ends. (Howes L22 ("aa"). Borba de Moraes, page I:452; European Americana 724/98; Sabin 38597) Second edition issued in the same year as the quarto first edition, and possibly at the same time with the same plates only folded. Joseph-François Lafitau was a French Jesuit missionary, ethnologist, and naturalist. He is best known for his use of the comparative method in the field of scientific anthropology, the discovery of ginseng, and his writings on the Iroquois. Lafitau was the first of the Jesuit missionaries in Canada to have a scientific point of view. Lafitau is best known for his important discoveries on the Iroquois society. He arrived in Quebec in 1711 amidst a period of hostility between the Five Nations prior to the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht. The woods were deemed unsafe for travelers and therefore he was ordered to join the Iroquois on the south shore of the St. Lawrence valley in Sault St. Louis, also known as Kahnawake. Sault St. Louis already shared a great tradition with both the members of his order and the Iroquois by the time Lafitau arri … [Click Below for Full Description]
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