De originibus Americanis libri quatuor. Hague, sumptibus Adrian Vlacq,
HORNIUS Georgius (1652.)
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Sm. 8vo. ff. 282pp. Contemporary vellum (small split at top of upper hinge of upper cover, soiled.
First edition of this scholarly work which explored the origins of the American peoples. It followed on from Grotius who in 1642 had claimed that the Indians of the Panama isthmus (except for Yucatan) were descended from the Norwegians, the Peruvian Indians from the Chinese, and those from Yucatan had an Ethiopian ancestry. Hornius put forward very different views in this book, arguing that the Indians on the Atlantic side were descended from the ancient kingdoms of Scythia, Phoenicia and Carthage, and on the Pacific side from the Chinese.The work also describes various customs, such as those connected with marriage and burials, and also local tales and legends, and there is also mention of California, Mexico, Florida, New England, Peru, Brazil and Nicaragua. Some waterstaining throughout, generally not too heavy.Barba de Moraes (1983) I, 41-4, "a very learned book". Sabin 33014. JCB I, ii, 418.LCH XVI.
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