The Observation of Savage Peoples

London, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1969/ (1800).

Octavo, xii, 123 pages plus 4 plates.

Cloth with the slightly bumped dustwrapper; a fine copy.

Written in 1800 "to serve as guidance to some of the members of the Societe des Observateurs de l'Homme in an impending expedition to Australia (under the command of Captain Nicolas Baudin) ... Degerando's originality lies in his recognizing and stating that the observations of previous explorers were casual and superficial ... The advice ... consisted first in pointing out faults of earlier travellers and secondly in listing topics about which observations should be made and recommending how they should be made". Translated by F.C.T. Moore, with a preface by E.E. Evans-Pritchard.

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