The Antiquities and Platycnemism of the Mound Builders of Wisconsin. By J. M. [sic] De Hart, M. D. [caption title]. N. De Hart, M. D., DeHart, ohn.

The Antiquities and Platycnemism of the Mound Builders of Wisconsin. By J. M. [sic] De Hart, M. D. [caption title].

[N. p., but Chicago? n. p., 1878?]. First edition. 8vo, removed pamphlet (retaining wrappers), 15 pages. Illus., fold-out plate. Wrappers somewhat soiled; spine a trifle loose from notching but sound; a very good copy. Item #14964

A presentation copy to the geologist "A[lexander] Winchell, From the Author. 23 Jan. 1879." On the mounds and Mound Builders of Wisconsin from this antiquarian and early archaeologist, with descriptions of effigy mounds near Lake Mendota, Wisconsin, and an account of an excavation of a mound on the north shore of Lake Mendota with descriptions of bones found on this excavation and other digs; DeHart argues from the size of a few specimens found and the peculiar flattening and characteristics of the recovered leg bones that the Mound-builders were a separate race of men (he seems to suggest from perforations of the humerus that they were inclined to be built more like apes), distinct from the Native American Indian tribes of the region. With a number of autograph violet ink corrections and additions to the text, presumably authorial. (This article no doubt related to his contemporary article in the 1878 Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, "The mounds and osteology of the mound-builders of Wisconsin.") Inscription just a trifle trimmed.

Price: $125.00

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