Publication: The Arthur H Clark Co, 1911 & 1912, Cleveland
First editions. 2 Volumes. Red cloth, 372pp. + 412pp., 14 plates + double-page map as frontis in Volume 1. TEG. Translated, edited, annotated and with a 52-page bibliography and 54-page index by Emma Helen Blair. This is the first appearance in English of the accounts of Perrot and La Potherie. Perrot, the most noted of the Canadian "coureurs de bois", spent most of his life among the westernmost tribes of this region, and was considered by scholars to have been a keen and shrewd observer. The account presented here by La Potherie is primarily from the second volume of his "Historie..." and is believed to have drawn extensively on the as yet unpublished "Memoire..." of Perrot. Both represent life and observations among the Indians from 1670's to 1710's. These important narratives are followed by Major Marstons extensive report on the Sauk and Fox tribes prepared from personal observations for Dr. Jedidiah Morse in 1820. Also, published here for the first time is "Account of the Manners and Customs of the Sauk and Fox Nations", originally presented in 1827 to U.S. Superintendent of Indian Affairs, General William Clark by Thomas Forsyth, a highly-respected agent among the Sauk and Fox tribes. A well-edited, excellent work on the tribes of this region through the mid-1820's: Hurons, Iroquois, Ottawas, Miamis, Sauk and Foxes, Pawnee, Dakota, Chippewa, Kickapoo, and many other tribes. Volume I and Volume II are lightly sunned on the spine, faint and small former ownership stamp near the gutter of the front and rear endpapers of each volume, else a solid very good, internally clean attractive set of this scarce and important ethnological study.
Inventory Number: 48860