Fourth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1882-83

  • $50.00
    Unit price per 

Author: Powell, John Wesley (1834-1902) [editor]

Year: 1886

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Place: Washington, DC


lxiii+532 pages with 83 plates, 565 figures and index. Quarto (11 1/2" x 8 1/4") issued in olive green with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial to cover. Papers by Garrick Mallery, Pictographs of the North American Indians pages 3-256, plates I-LXXXIII, figures 1-111; William H Holmes, Pottery of the ancient Pueblos pages 257-360, and figures 210-360; William H Holmes, Ancient pottery of the Mississippi Valley pages 361-436, figures 361-436; William H Holmes, Origin and development of form and ornament in ceramic art pages 437-465 and figures 464-489; Frank Hamilton Cushing, Casa Grande ruin pages 289-319, plates LI-LX and figures 328-330; Frank Hamilton Cushing, A study of Pueblo Pottery as illustrative of Zuni culture-growth pages 467-521 and figures 490-564. Edited by J W Powell. (List of Publications of the Bureau of American Ethnology pgs 2) 1st edition.

Although classified by most conventional texts, John Wesley Powell always maintained that he was not an adventure or an explorer. He considered himself a scientist, motivated by a desire for knowledge and to further the progress of human kind. However, Powell did live a busy and active life as a military leader, the first navigator of the Colorado River, and director of the United States Geological Survey. His accounts from navigating the Colorado River earned him early fame. Due to his compassion toward Native Americans he was elevated to director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Bureau of Ethnology in which he continued until his death. His work on the Irrigation Survey for the western United States, although never fully realized, lead to the establishment of river gaging stations and preliminary work toward storage and utilization of river water for irrigation and prevention of floods and overflows.


Spine ends chipped, corners bumped and rubbed, hinges rubbed. A good to very good copy issued without jacket

We Also Recommend