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James C. Prichard's The Natural History of Man


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Sandwich Islands Portraits from James C. Prichard's The Natural History of Man. London: Hippolyte Balliere, 1845. Octavo (9 1/2 x 5 1/2 full sheet). Etchings. Original hand color. Paper time toned. Very good condition.

A wonderful series of portraits of natives from around the world from a mid-nineteenth century natural history on mankind by James Prichard. Prichard began the research for his study in 1813, intending to establish that the human race originally was all dark-skinned. He modified this view over the years, but still concluded that the human race was all one species, one family. By the final life-time edition of his work, issued in 1847, Prichard had gathered all available research about various races of humankind and his work became an important foundation for modern ethnological science. Included in Prichard's History were fine portraits of different human races taken from original drawings of various artists most based on first hand studies. These are, therefore, important as well as attractive images of the people of the world.


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Most of the portraits of North American natives were drawn by George Catlin. Click here to a listing of Catlin's portraits.



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