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Introduction to the Study of Indian Languages with Words Phrases and Sentences to be Collected

Powell, John Wesley

Published by Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1880
Condition: Poor to Fair Hardcover
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SECOND EDITION, so stated; no dj; from the library of the anthropologist William H. Gilbert (who has however not signed or inscribed the book, which he usually did) who used this book as a text and field guide in 1930 in Oregon under the direction of Edward Sapir and Melville Jacobs; pp. 200-227 are filled in in pencil with Umatilla words and phrases [photos available] (my Dad's other linguistic field notes deal with the Cherokees but I expect this is Umatilla --- only a specialist can identify the language); other pages appear to have been filled in in pencil and then erased [possibly recoverable if thought worth the effort]; the book is ex-library (University of Chicago) with the usual markings and stickers; original brown covers very heavily marked, rubbed, and worn, the binding is loose and is held together only by the cloth reinforcement, internally the paper is brittle but generally in good condition, the glued in 'alphabet' (phonetic symbol) guide is affixed to the rear pastedown and the three folding kinship charts appear to be present in a rear pocket, although I have not taken them out for examination; overall rating Poor to Fair; this unique book with its associations and possible valuable data, would interest collectors, researchers, and students of the history of the Smithsonian promotion of the study of American Indian languages, specifically the work of John Wesley Powell, and also of the Umatilla language (a variety of Southern Sahaptin), assuming that my Dad's pencilled notes are in Umatilla; hard covers are dark brown with gold lettering on the front; 4to -- 299 mm high x 229 mm wide x 19 mm thick, 228 numbered pages + 20 blank-lined leaves, as issued. Bookseller Inventory # 002790

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Title: Introduction to the Study of Indian ...

Publisher: Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Publication Date: 1880

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Poor to Fair

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: Second Edition

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Triple G Books is owned and operated by an emeritus professor of linguistics, who was also an ardent book collector over the period 1954 to 2007. Books for sale range from linguistics, pidgin & creole languages, sociolinguistics, anthropology, education, and comparative religion through modern first editions and German and Scandinavian books. A number of the books are valuable and hard to find, as for example a 1/2-leather-bound first edition of Alfred Russell Wallace's The Malay Archipelago (2 vols.), recently sold for presentation to the Mayor of London on his visit to Malaysia, and a first edition of H. G. Wells' The Time Machine, a novel of the 19th century pointing to a scary future, a continuing revelation to me. Triple G Books stands back of its books in every way.

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