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New Views of the Origins of the Tribes and Nations of America
Philadelphia 1798 - "The Second Edition, corrected and greatly enlarged." Marbled paper boards with leather spine and gilt lettering. Light rubbing on edges, corners, and spine ends. Deckle edges. Original text block has minor foxing. Thin area on title page appears to be an original paper defect. Benjamin Smith Barton, M. D. Correspondent-member of the Ant quaries [sic] of Scotland; Member of the American Philosophical Society; Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences of Boston; Corresponding Member of the Massachussetts Historical Society, and Professor of Materia Medica, Natural History and Botany, in the University of Pennsylvania. One of Barton's Native American interests was comparative linguistics, apparent in his Comparative Vocabularies, which is about half of the text. The preface also addresses languages as one of the most readily observable fields in philology, theories of race. The text starts with a dedication letter to Thomas Jefferson, then vice-president. Barton was known for other contributions in natural sciences and was chosen by Jefferson to advise Lewis and Clark prior to their expedition. Howes B-211. Sabin 3819. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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