Sketches of Ancient History of the Six Nations
Lockport, Turner & McCollum, 1848. Third edition of this collection of tribal history and myth by a Tuscarora writer, one of the first to record tribal tales in the written language of the Western civilization. The full title of this short pamphlet is "David Cusick's Sketches of the Ancient History of the Six Nations - Comprising - First -- A Tale of the Foundation of the Great Island (Now North America), The Two Infants Born, and the Creation of the Universe. Second -- A Real Account of the Early Settlers of North America and Their Dissensions. Third -- Origin of the Kingdom of the Five Nations, Which Was Called A Long House: The Wars, Fierce Animals, &c." The first edition was published in 1827 and is exceedingly rare. The second edition was the first to have illustrations, four plates depicting events in tribal history or legend, which are included in this edition as well. Front cover chipped and detached (but present); rear cover tenuous, internal contents very good. An extremely scarce and important early tribal history by a Native American, and truly rare in the original wrappers. [#025431] $1,250
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