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The American Indian: Aspects of His Culture and An Indication of His Present Status in the Society of His Dispossesors
(Pithekos Press/Bowdoin College), (n.p.) 1965 - Unbound, folded and gathered sheets for a fine press limited edition with unattributed text on the "Historical Perspective," "The Indian Portrait," and "The Economic Aspect." With nine full-page unattributed woodcut portrait illustrations, most retaining their tissue guards. According to the colophon, 50 copies were produced, or were to be produced, in May of 1965 and this was the third work of this now-elusive press. 22 leaves. 10-1/2" x 13". Oddly, although not obviously misbound, two of the text pages repeat; else fine. The leaves were laid into a plain brown folder, which is present, but split at the fold and losing its edges. An attractive production, very possibly the prototype for a student fine press edition that was never completed. We can find no record of this title in OCLC nor in the specific catalog of Bowdoin College; nor can we find any listing for any other volume issued by this press. That being said, it is an attractive production: the woodcuts were apparently done by different artists and some are quite striking; the text, which is highly critical of U.S. historical treatment of Native Americans, is an early example of the kind of social criticism that the 1960s became famous for: the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley was taking place in the same academic year this was produced, and it wasn't for another two or three years that widespread criticism of the Vietnam War spilled over into widespread critical reevaluation of the national myths and official histories of the United States. This Bowdoin production is evidence of these ideas simmering on college campuses prior to their exploding into the national consciousness. A powerful piece and a notable historical document. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA (Lopezbooks)]
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