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PRIEST, Josiah

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A polemic text on the origin of civilization in the Americas. Priest argued that America was the land where Noah’s Ark came to rest and suggested that at least some of the mounds had been built before the Deluge. Surveying the various themes of mound builder origins, he could not decide whether the mounds were the work of Polynesians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Israelites, Scandinavians, Welsh, Scots, or Chinese, although he felt certain the Indians had not built them.

“As the frontier receded and Americans found their lives becoming more regulated and urbanized, they were willing to seek escape in Priest’s world. Ultimately, it is not surprising he attempted to write an epic of prehistoric America. His effort is so ambitious, so ludicrous in the face of archaeological evidence, such a collection of bizarre conjecture, such a failed synthesis of so much diverse information, and so ultimately fascinating, that it stands as one of the great curiosities in American antiquarian writing, and deserves far more attention than it has received” (Sloan, The Crimsoned Hills of Onondaga).

 

This book includes topics on

  • Traits of Chinese before the biblical flood
  • Supposed origin of human complexion
  • Division of earth between the bible’s Noah and his three sons
  • Discoveries of subterranean hearths
  • Traits of Israelites
  • Island of Atlantis
  • Tradition of Native Mexicans
  • Discovery of America by Norwegians, Danes and Welch before Columbus
  • Cannibals in America
  • American Indian Languages
  • Lake Ontario formed by a Volcano
  • Gold Mines in the Southern States
  • And much more!

 

This 1833 edition includes a six-panel fold-out frontispiece of artifacts from Mount Jolliet!

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1833 American Antiquities Priest Trail of Tears Indians Mormons Cannibal MAP

 

A polemic text on the origin of civilization in the Americas. Priest argued that America was the land where Noah’s Ark came to rest and suggested that at least some of the mounds had been built before the Deluge. Surveying the various themes of mound builder origins, he could not decide whether the mounds were the work of Polynesians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Israelites, Scandinavians, Welsh, Scots, or Chinese, although he felt certain the Indians had not built them.

“As the frontier receded and Americans found their lives becoming more regulated and urbanized, they were willing to seek escape in Priest’s world. Ultimately, it is not surprising he attempted to write an epic of prehistoric America. His effort is so ambitious, so ludicrous in the face of archaeological evidence, such a collection of bizarre conjecture, such a failed synthesis of so much diverse information, and so ultimately fascinating, that it stands as one of the great curiosities in American antiquarian writing, and deserves far more attention than it has received” (Sloan, The Crimsoned Hills of Onondaga).

 

This book includes topics on

  • Traits of Chinese before the biblical flood
  • Supposed origin of human complexion
  • Division of earth between the bible’s Noah and his three sons
  • Discoveries of subterranean hearths
  • Traits of Israelites
  • Island of Atlantis
  • Tradition of Native Mexicans
  • Discovery of America by Norwegians, Danes and Welch before Columbus
  • Cannibals in America
  • American Indian Languages
  • Lake Ontario formed by a Volcano
  • Gold Mines in the Southern States
  • And much more!

 

This 1833 edition includes a six-panel fold-out frontispiece of artifacts from Mount Jolliet!

 

Item number: #9009

Price: $399

 

PRIEST, Josiah

 

American antiquities, and discoveries in the West: being an exhibition of the evidence that an ancient population of partially civilized nations, differing entirely from those of the present Indians, peopled America, many centuries before its discovery by Columbus. And inquiries into their origin, with a copious description of many of their stupendous works, now in ruins. With conjectures concerning what may have become of them

 

Albany, N.Y.: Printed by Hoffman and White, 1833.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • viii, 400
    • Six panel fold-out frontispiece
  • Provenance: Handwritten
    • David Dutton, 1837
      • Early 19th century County Commissioner of Pike County, Illinois
    • G. Windsor, 1933
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
  • Size: ~8.5in X 5in (22cm x 13cm)

 

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9009

Categories

Americana, American History

Religion

Voyages & Exploration & Maps

Authors

PRIEST, Josiah

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete