Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, (1939). First Edition. Hardcover. Two volumes (complete), octavo size, 1299 pp. Very good +. Item #20011201
Elsie Clews Parsons (1874-1941) was both a scholar and a social activist in the feminist cause. She earned her masters and doctoral degrees from Columbia University and served as president for several well-known scholarly groups, becoming the first female President of the American Anthropological Association.
Her views on the place of women within society were far ahead of their time, authoring "The Family" in 1906 which met with such criticism that she published her next work under a pseudonym.
Although by the standards of current scholarly thought Parsons is viewed by some as racist and objectivizing, debate within scholarly circles is a constant. This work, "Pueblo Indian Religion" is considered a classic wherein she gathered together both her own extensive research as well as that done by other authors.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full brown cloth, gilt lettering and rules on the spine, twenty-six pages of plates bound in which are mostly black and white reproductions of photographs, a few drawings with some colour, two maps which serve as frontispieces to the volumes, three line drawings, and three folding charts ("Ceremonial Organization", "Spirits", and "Ceremonies"); octavo size (8 3/8" by 5.5"), pagination: Volume I, [i-vi] vii-xviii, 1-549 [550, blank] and Volume II, [i-vi] 551-1275 includes Bibliographical Notes, Appendix, and a lengthy Index at the rear.
___CONDITION: A bit better than very good, the set with clean boards, gently bumped corners with minimal rubbing, the first volume with a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the second volume with the front hinge somewhat tender but holding well and a solid rear hinge, the interiors are clean and bright, the folding charts are near fine with a few creases on the third chart, and both volumes collate complete; note that the set was married at some point in the past, the binding on the second volume slightly more worn than the first, the first volume free of prior owner markings, the second volume with the bookplate of Alfred F. Whiting (1912-1978), an anthropologist and ethnobotanist who made several notations throughout this volume, most of them in the Bibliography at the rear.
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