Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1898.
First Edition. Hardcover. This collection of creation and animal myths, legends, and tales from the Wintu and Yana indigenous peoples of Northern California is the work of the ethnographer, folklorist, and translator Jeremiah Curtin (1835–1906), who from 1883 to 1891 served as a field researcher recording the customs and mythologies of several Native American traditions for the Bureau of American Ethnology. This 1898 first edition is a presentation copy, with laid in typed letter on Little, Brown, and Company letterhead presenting the book to Arthur Lincoln, Class Secretary for the Harvard Class of 1863 at the request of the author, with his compliments, dated Jan. 20, 1899.
Tales include that of: Olebis, Olelbis and Mem Loimis, Norwan, Tulchuherris, Sedit and the Two Brothers Hus, Hawt, Norwanchakus and Keriha, Kele and Sedit, Kol Tibichi, The Winning Of Halai Auna At The House Of Tuina, The Hakas and the Tennas, Ilhataina, Hitchinna, Tirukala, Sukonia's Wives and the Ichpul Sisters, The Finding of Fire, Haka Kaina, Titindi Maupa and Paiowa, the Youngest Daughter of Wakara, The Two Sisters, Haka Lasi And Tsore Jowa, The Dream of Juiwaiyu and His Journey to Damhauja's Country, The Flight of Tsanunewa and Defeat of Hehku, The First Battle in the World and the Making of the Yana.
8 3/4" X 6". xxxix, 530pp, [vii]. Browning and small tears to left margin of typed presentation note on publisher's letterhead, laid in. Bound in full burgundy cloth over boards, with upper board and spine lettered in gilt. Mild wear to binding, with some scattered rubbing to cloth, gentle bumping to extremities, small tears to head and tail of sunned spine, and slight lean to spine. Previous owner's name to front free endpaper. Tear to paper covering front inner hinge, and hinges a touch tender. Binding remains firm and sound. Black and white tissue-guarded frontispiece of the author has small dampstain to bottom corner. Very occasional pencilled mark to pages. Very good. Item #7722