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Sale 2517 Lot 3
(AMERICAN INDIANS.) Adair, James. History of the American Indians. Folding map. , 464 pages. 4to, modern morocco; minimal wear to contents; with half-title. London, 1775
Estimate $1,500 - 2,500
first edition. "Best 18th century English source on the Southern tribes, written by one who traded forty years with them"--Howes A38 ("b"). "Considered by modern writers to be the leading authority of his day on the Indians of the Southeast"--Clark I:28. Adair's personal experience was mostly with the Catawba, Cherokee, Muskogee, Choctaw, and Chickasaw, and he devotes a chapter to each. Adair was convinced that the Indians were descended from the Jews. Field 11; Graff 10; Sabin 155; Vail 643 ("one of the first to explore the Alleghenies").