Sep 24, 2020 - Sale 2546

Sale 2546 - Lot 7

Price Realized: $ 1,062
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(AMERICAN INDIANS.) Emmanuel Domenech. Manuscrit Pictographique Américain, précédé d'une Notice sur l'Idéographie des Peaux-Rouges. 228 full-page lithographs, some partly hand-colored, on 114 double-sided plates. viii, 119 pages. 8vo, contemporary 1/4 calf, worn; with half-title; dampstaining to fore-edges of a few exterior leaves only; inked library withdrawal stamp on title page, other library markings. Paris, 1860

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A careful analysis of a pictographic manuscript found in a French archive, believed by Abbé Domenech to be the work of a powerful Canadian sachem; it is reproduced in careful loving detail in 114 double-sided plates. "After publication it was determined that the editor had been the victim of a cruel hoax, and that the precious manuscript was the work of some idle boy, judging from sundry written words probably a German, of impure mind and little artistic ability. No end of ridicule has been heaped upon the unfortunate abbé because of his discovery"--Pilling 1061a. Great efforts were made by the French government to track down and destroy all copies of this rather embarrassing publication; none traced at auction since 1975. Sabin 20550.