A Book of Tales: Being Some Myths of the North American Indians Englished by Charles Erskine Scott Wood, One Time Lieutenant U. S. Army. CHARLES ERSKINE SCOTT WOOD.
A Book of Tales: Being Some Myths of the North American Indians Englished by Charles Erskine Scott Wood, One Time Lieutenant U. S. Army
A Book of Tales: Being Some Myths of the North American Indians Englished by Charles Erskine Scott Wood, One Time Lieutenant U. S. Army
A Book of Tales: Being Some Myths of the North American Indians Englished by Charles Erskine Scott Wood, One Time Lieutenant U. S. Army
A Book of Tales: Being Some Myths of the North American Indians Englished by Charles Erskine Scott Wood, One Time Lieutenant U. S. Army

Pacific Northwest Native American Tales: Charles Erskine Scott Wood's Rare Privately Printed First Book

A Book of Tales: Being Some Myths of the North American Indians Englished by Charles Erskine Scott Wood, One Time Lieutenant U. S. Army

Place and Imprint: Portland, Oregon: Printed by McArthur & Wood at the Attic Press & Are for Sale by Them at 739 Glisan Street, 1901.
Edition: First edition, one of 39 copies (of 105) bound by Stikeman for the 39 subscribers; the other 66 copies were bound in limp vellum.
Bibliographical References: OCLC 12028497 records 15 copies.
Condition: A few minor blemishes; a fine copy.
Book ID: 28761

Physical Description

Small 8vo, original navy morocco by Stikeman, Native American motif gilt-decorations on the upper and lower boards and spine, gilt inner dentelles, decorated endpapers, gilt lettering, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Text printed in red and black. List of subscribers.

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The first book by Charles Erskine Scott Wood (1852-1944), the engaging Oregonian writer. Wood was a soldier, poet, lawyer, artist and political activist, among many other things. As an officer during the Pacific Northwest Nez Perce and Bannock-Paine Wars of the late 1870s, Wood became involved with Native American culture, social issues and mythology. He befriended Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe and recorded his iconic speech "I will fight no more forever." And he recorded for preservation the tales in this volume which were "heard in canoe, on horseback & by camp-fire and told in all faith and simple belief by children of nature." Wood's 14-year-old son, William Maxwell Wood, and his friend Lewis McArthur printed A Book of Tales on their private press beginning in 1898. The colophon reads: "One hundred and five copies of this book were printed from types by Lewis Ankeny McArthur and William Maxwell Wood. Begun January 16, 1898 when they were each aged 14, & finished at their Attic Press, June 16, 1901." A remarkable and polished production; not something one would expect from two avocational young printers. Charles Erskine Scott Wood later moved to Northern California, where he met, married and collaborated with the poet Sara Bard Field. Rare: only a small number of copies are recorded at auction over the past 50 years. A Book of Tales is considered one of Wood's lasting literary achievements. In 1929 Vanguard Press issued a second, trade edition, with an attractive dust jacket designed by Lynd Ward.

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