ROTH, Walter Edmund (1861–1933). Ethnological Studies among the North-West-Central Queensland Aborigines. Brisbane: By Authority: Edmund Gregory, Government Printer - London: Queensland Agent-General's Office, 1897.

$ 300.00

ROTH, Walter Edmund (1861–1933). Ethnological Studies among the North-West-Central Queensland Aborigines. Brisbane: By Authority: Edmund Gregory, Government Printer - London: Queensland Agent-General's Office, 1897.

Large 8vo., (9 6/8 x 6 inches). 24 lithographed plates, 4 in colour, with numerous ethnological illustrations, including a "Sketch-Map of North-West-Central Queensland showing the various Ethnographical Districts", sign-language, domestic implements and utensils, objects used in personal decoration, art, message sticks, combat and weapons, medicine, initiation rites and sexual practices (some intermittent spotting). Original maroon cloth, gilt and blind.

Provenance: with the presentation slip laid down on the front paste-down: "This work is intended for scientific purposes only. With the Home Secretary's Compliments"; the ink library stamp of Sydney J. Dickson on the title-page

Roth came to Australia in late 1887, and his in interest in Aboriginal anthropology "was firmly established by 1894. He developed, however, essentially as an ethnographer, recording the cultures he observed rather than theorizing about them. His scientific training is evident in the care and accuracy of his observations. His distinguished monograph of 1897, Ethnological Studies Among North-West Central Queensland Aborigines, was the first of its kind in Australia and established his international reputation" (Barrie Reynolds, 'Roth, Walter Edmund (1861–1933)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University).