Sep 30, 2021 - Sale 2580

Sale 2580 - Lot 4

Price Realized: $ 531
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Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(AMERICAN INDIANS.) George Jones. The History of Ancient America . . . Proving the Identity of the Aborigines with the Tyrians and Israelites. Frontispiece portrait of the author, engraved additional title page bearing alternate title "An Original History of Ancient America, Founded upon the Ruins of Antiquity." [18], 461, [2] pages including page of publisher's ads at end. 8vo, contemporary gilt red morocco presentation binding by Lewis B. Gough, minor wear; portrait toned, minor foxing to second title, otherwise quite clean internally; binder's tag on rear pastedown, all edges gilt. London, 1843

Additional Details

First edition. George Jones (1810-1879) was an eccentric theatrical star who was born in England but spent most of his career in the United States. He later styled himself "George, Count Joannes." In this work, written during his residence in England, he attempted to demonstrate that America was first settled by Europeans long before the time of Christ. This copy is inscribed by the author to Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge (1774-1850), uncle to Queen Victoria.

For a portrait of Jones (from a different consignor), see lot 231. Field 801; Howes J214; Sabin 36501 ("The work is entirely speculative in its character, and grandiloquent in style").