Human Origins: A Manual of Prehistory
Publisher: D Appleton & Co
Place: New York
2 volumes: xxxviii+440pp with polychrome frontispiece and 254 figures including maps; xvi+516 with frontispiece and 245 figures including maps. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 6 1/2") issued in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spines and covers. 1st edition.
George MacCurdy was born in Warrensburg Missouri to William and Margaret MacCurdy on April 17, 1863. In 1889 George had a turning point in his life when he visited Boston and Cambridge and concluded that he wanted to go to Harvard. George started to attend Harvard in 1891 on a scholarship. When he entered school biology and geology were the areas that interested him the most. Two years later in 1893 he was given his A.B. and then a year later in 1894 he received his M.A. One year later George traveled to Vienna where he attended the International Zoological Congress. That was when Eugene DuBois first showed off the remains of pithecanthropus erectus. He then proceeded to visit more of Vienna and also Paris and returned to the United States in 1898 where he was offered an instructing position at Yale and accepted.While he was at Yale he formed the Anthropology Division of the Peabody Museum in 1902. Since the time of its opening it has grown to 260,000 catalogued lots by donations of Yale's alumni and friends. Also with the help of the scientific expeditions of Yale's students and faculty. The collections are now held by four faculty members in the University's Department of Anthropology. These four people are Richard Burger, Andrew Hill, Frank Hole, and Alison Richard. The study of the collections is also restricted to only students and scholars who are working on formal research projects or who have received authorization from a division leader. Also during his time at Yale he earned his Ph.D and was a professor of prehistoric archaeology. The institute was terminated 30 years later when he became Emeritus Research Associate with professorial rand and Emeritus Curator of the Anthropological Collections.He went through some very busy times during his stay at Yale. He needed to obtain a doctorate in philosophy which he did in 1905. He also was a professor, responsible for the growing collections in the Peabody Museum, and had a part time job from 1910-1912 at the American Museum of Natural History where he catalogued and arranged exhibitions of the Old World prehistoric collections.In the summer of 1919 he was then married to Glenn Barlett. They turned out to be a perfect match because she had a huge interest in prehistoric archeology as well and was always encouraging him on his work. Two years later in 1921 George and Glenn founded the American School in France for prehistoric studies. There he served as Director for the first year and returned back to it 3 years later. In 1926 George started another activity and it was the publication of the Bulletin which hoped to state the aims and organizations of the new institution.In-between his marriage and his Bulletin George presented his knowledge in two volumes called Human Origins. The book came out right at the time where there was a big amount of field investigations, and his book gave an increase of information from his work at the American School. He also collaborated on another volume called Early Man, which played a major role in the advancement of our knowledge of man's antiquity throughout the world.Throughout his life he had been involved in about everything anthropology had to offer. He was Secretary of Section H of the AAAs and then was promoted to Vice-President in 1905. He was also the Vice-President of the Archaeological Institute of Anthropology, a Trustee of the Laboratory of Anthropology, a member of the American Philosophical Society and of the National Research Council. In 1936 he was Vice-President again, but this time of the International Congress of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences, and he was a member of at least 15 foreign and American scientific societies.
Corners gently bumped and rubbed, spine ends moeratley rubbed, spine dulled, light offset darkening to end papers and paste downs. A very good copy lacking dust jacket.
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