Primitive Travel and Transportation

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Author: Mason, Otis Tufton (1838-1908)

Year: 1896

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Place: Washington, DC


237-593 pages with 25 plates, tables, charts and 260 figures. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/4") bound in original wrappers. From the Report of the U S National Museum for 1894, published for the Smithsonian Institution. First edition.

Otis Tufton Mason was an American ethnologist and Smithsonian Institution curator.Mason was born at Eastport, Maine. He graduated at Columbian University in 1861, then worked there for 23 years (1861-84)). He worked at the United States National Museum from 1884 onward, and founded the Anthropological Society of Washington. As part of his curation work at the Smithsonian, Mason developed the culture area concept. Mason was anthropological editor of the American Naturalist and of the Standard Dictionary. He believed in Gustav Klemm's step-wise evolution of cultures and that technology was a marker of a culture's stage of development.


Spine taped, edge wear with chips and tears, previous owner's name on front wrapper, damp stained at head and heal edges, title written in hand on spine. Unopened still a good copy.


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