In Indian Mexico: A Narrative of Travel and Labor

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Author: Starr, Frederick (1858-1933) from the library of George M Foster

Year: 1908

Publisher: Forbes and Company

Place: Chicago


xii+425 pages with frontispiece, pates, glossary, appendix and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 8 1/4") bound in original publisher's red clot with gilt lettering to spine. From the library of Professor George M Foster. First edition.

Frederick Starr was an American academic, anthropologist, and "populist educator. tarr earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester (1882) and a doctorate in geology at Lafayette College (1885). While working as a curator of geology at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York, he became interested in anthropology and ethnology. Frederic Ward Putnam helped him become appointed as curator of AMNH's ethological collection (1889-1891). In this period, he became active in the Chautauqua circuit as a popular professor and, in 1888-89, as registrar. When William Rainey Harper, president of the Chautauqua Institution, was named President of the University of Chicago, he appointed Starr as an assistant professor of anthropology there. In addition to this famous study of Mexican Native Americans, he also researched the peoples of Brazil, Guatemala, Guiana, Central Africa, the Philippines, Japan, and Korea. Starr is credited with encouraging popular interest in anthropology: “His greatest contribution to anthropology lies…in the wide interest he personally created in the subject, and in the appreciation of other peoples which he engendered in his students” (DAB).

George McClelland Foster, Jr born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on October 9, 1913, died on May 18, 2006, at his home in the hills above the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as a professor from 1953 to his retirement in 1979, when he became professor emeritus. His contributions to anthropological theory and practice still challenge us; in more than 300 publications, his writings encompass a wide diversity of topics, including acculturation, long-term fieldwork, peasant economies, pottery making, public health, social structure, symbolic systems, technological change, theories of illness and wellness, humoral medicine in Latin America, and worldview. The quantity, quality, and long-term value of his scholarly work led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1976. Virtually all of his major publications have been reprinted and/or translated. Provenance from the executor of Foster's library laid in.


Foster's stamp to title. Corners bumped, spine ends and corners rubbed else a very good copy.

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