LEAGUE OF THE HO-DE'-NO-SAU-NEE OR IROQUOIS
[Iroquois Indians]; Morgan, Lewis H.
Price: 1,250.00 USD
(New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1901), RARE FIRST EDITION IN FINE CONDITION, WITH PROVENANCE AND ADDITIONAL EPHEMERAL MATERIALS INSERTED. The original work, less significant in scope was offered in 1851 in Rochester was printed in a small number and remains quite elusive. This printing is an expanded one which includes corrections made by the author in his own copy of the book, personal reminiscences of Morgan by Charles Porter who collaborated with Morgan on the original book, and a sketch of Morgan and his work and notes by the editor. The notes include a large amount of Jesuit material translated especially for this edition, some for the first time into English. Additionally, material that was meant for the first issue of 1851 but was not included is now offered here for the first time. There are 16 full page plates in colour and over 50 other illustrations, a portrait of Morgan in photogravure and the large folding maps in colours. Morgan was, himself an Iroquois by adoption and was intimate with the people from boyhood. Francis Parkman noted that Morgan had been aided in his work by Hasanoanda (Ely S. Parker), and educated and highly intelligent Iroquois of he Seneca nation. John Fiske, another great American historian called this a book "of the highest value...indeed a classic..." First Edition of the best edition, expanded from the author's notes and emendations in his own copy. A Copy with Fine Provenance, coming from the collection of Frank C. Deering, an important collector of Americana and a significant American figure. Profusely Illustrated throughout both volumes with full page plates in colour and black and white, gravures, illustrations throughout the text and with large folding maps in colour. Tall 8vo, publisher's original red buckram, the covers decorated pictorially in gilt, the spines elaborately blocked and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. Loosely inserted are the original marketing sheet printed in red and black by the publisher, and the original order form for the book addressed to Mr. Deering. xx, , 338; xii, , 332 pp. A fine copy, beautifully preserved, complete, largely unopened and a superb example.