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Greenwood, James; Ernest Griset, illus. Legends of savage life. London: John Camden Hotten (pr. by Jas. Wade), 1867. 4to (22.8 cm, 9"). Frontis. (incl. in pagination), 164, [14 (adv.)] pp.; col. illus. $150.00
"Savage" tales of witchcraft and trickery, set among the Hottentots, the Patagonians, an imaginary western Native American tribe, Fijians, aboriginal Australians, etc. The stories (particularly the names of characters and places) are heavily laced with the biases and stereotypes one might expect from a 19th-century British perspective, similarly reflected in the illustrations — 36 hand-colored wood engravings done by H.N. Woods from designs by Ernest Griset, who collaborated with Greenwood on several other works.
Provenance: Frontispiece recto with pencilled inscription: "J.H. Booth [/] Xmas 1867"; most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
NSTC 2G21000. Publisher's brown cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped vignette and decorative title, back cover with blind-stamped arabesque medallion, rebacked with maroon cloth, spine title simply stamped in gilt; original cloth spotted, edges and extremities rubbed. One plate with short tear from outer margin, not extending into image. Pages with a very few scattered spots, generally clean. A solid copy of this interesting => if somewhat alarming children's book. (39279) Please RESHELVE This.
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