New York: D. Aooleton and Co., 1871. Octavo. Item #027967
Frontispiece, 348 pages, index. After Charles Lyell's Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man, Figueir's work became a key idea on early man that clearly had abandoned the literal 6,000 year theory of the Garden of Eden. Franz Boas continued with all the anthropological ideas that influenced the 20th century. Some have objected to the work but in its purest Latin original sense it is accurate. There are 263 plates that show the development of early tools and plates illustrating the hunter-gatherer world, brought the concept of how long man's early history was. The images on the frontispiece and on p. 179 think of how its ideas influenced the American Museum of Natural History and the film "The Planet of the Apes". A very good copy bound in brown cloth centrally stamped in black depicting two early tools, spine lettering gilt, rebacked with original spine laid down, wear along the edges and corners, no names or plates.