Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft: The Native Races. Volume I. Wild Tribes; Volume II. Civilized Nations; Volume III. Myths and Languages; Volume IV. Antiquities; Volume V. Primitive History (5 volumes)
Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher: A.L. Bancroft & Company, Publishers
Date Published: 1882
Edition: First edition
Binding: Leather bound
Book Id: 41443
797; 805; 796; 807; 796pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] 3/4 brown calf with marbled paper over boards, gilt tooled spines and red and green leather spine labels, and double gilt ruled borders on the covers. Marbled text block edges and endpapers. Volume I is in good condition only. All other volumes are in very good condition. Gently rubbed and bumped at the extremities. There are sporadic chips in the leather, and the underlying boards are peeking through at the corners. The endsheets have occasional thin cracks along the hinges, and the front pastedowns have a previous owner's bookplate. The pages are age-toned, but very clean. The front cover of volume 1 is partially detached, and the rear cover is completely detached, but present. The backstrip is coming away from the spine as well. The front endpaper of volume 3 is cracked along the hinge, and the hinge is soft. There is a very thin loss from the leather at the head of the spine of volume V.
The first 5 volumes from the exhaustively researched series of works in 39 volumes on the western half of North America. Wright/Howes describes the work, as a "Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country." Howes B87.