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I Tasmaniani cenni storici ed Etnologici di un Popolo Estinto
Milan: Fratelli Treves, 1874. Octavo, 160 pp., numerous xylographic illustrations, repairs to the endpapers at the gutters, some toning; a very good copy in an early pebbled cloth binding, Milanese sale receipt from 1942 tipped onto front endpaper, neat ex libris blind stamp to title. Very rare: the great anthropolgist Enrico Hillyer Giglioli's account of the Tasmanian Aborigines (see also the following item).Enrico Giglioli (1845-1909) was an Italian zoologist and anthropologist, director of the Florence Royal Zoological Museum and an honorary member of the Royal Geographical Society. As a young man Giglioli had studied in London under luminaries such as T.H. Huxley, and immediately on his return to Italy in 1865 had been appointed to the Magenta for its important voyage of scientific discovery in Australia and the Pacific. During this voyage he visited both Melbourne and Sydney (although not Tasmania), and his association with some of the scientific establishment here piqued his interest in the Australian Aborigines. On his return he was appointed to the University of Turin to catalogue the vast collections made on the voyage, beginning a career as one of the preeminent ethnographers and biologists of his era. This major monograph on the Tasmanians was also one of his earliest publications, and is quite rare in any form.It was first published as a two-part essay in the Archivio per l'Antropologia e la Etnologia in 1871, and there may have been an offprint edition of that essay (records are a bit sketchy), but this 1874 edition is its first proper appearance as a book, heavily revised and expanded, notably with the addition of the map and many of the printed images.
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