Book Description

First edition. Title continues “Together With an Essay Upon the Raising and Breeding of Sheep." A very good copy from the collection of the Royal Microscopical Society (bookplate, and ink-stamps to preliminary leaves); later re-spined with new end-papers, preserving original boards worn at lower corners. First and last leaves faintly foxed and lightly soiled and/or marked. Illustrated with 100 figures.
Dealer Notes
Browne was a Philadelphia ethnographer who studied the classes of human hair to differentiate the races. From the results he concluded that there were three separate races of man [and two of sheep], those with hair (the Native Americans and Asians; and the Europeans), and those with wool (guess which “race” had wool).
A reviewer from the ‘Journal of the Ethnological Society of London’ rightly concluded that “I cannot, however, occupy your time by reference to a work of so unsatisfactory a character.” Still, the book was seized upon by proponents of slavery to help prove that “Negroes” were inferior and separate.
Author Peter A. Browne
Date 1853
Binding Original boards; new spine
Publisher Philadelphia: J. H. Jones, Printer.
Condition Very good
Pages 179 + 1 p. errata

Price: £140.00

Offered by Wilfrid de Freitas

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