New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1912.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. pp. xv, 411, with color frontispiece and numerous illustrations from photographs, index, two maps in a rear pocket. Original brick-red cloth stamped in gilt, with vignette of burros on front board. Mild rubbing to extremities, paper partially split at inner hinges (but binding sound). No dust jacket. Lumholtz, a Norwegian-born explorer and ethnographer, spent eight years on six expeditions to southern Arizona and northern Mexico betweeen 1890 and 1910. This account describes the last of these journeys, during which (as he explains in the Preface) Lumholtz was "commissioned by some influential friends to look into certain economical possibilities of the arid and little known country along the upper part of the Gulf of California, east of the Colorado river," a journey that also allowed him "an opportunity for geographical and ethnological studies, an account of which is here presented in popular form." The final chapter is dedicated to a description of the lives and social structure of the Papago people (now called the Tohono O’odham), and an appendix offers "short vocabularies from the languages of the Papago, Pima, and Cocopa Indians."