The Uncivilized Races of Men – J. G. Wood 1870 | 1st Edition


  • Author: J. G. Wood
  • Publisher: J. B. Burr & Co, Hartford 1870
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 4to
  • Attributes: First Edition, Illustrated

The uncivilized races of men in all countries of the world : being a comprehensive account of their manners and customs, and of their physical, social, mental, moral and religious characteristics. 4to, First edition, first printing, complete in two volumes. Full leather, spine ends rubbed & frayed, corners worn, front hinge starting. Binding still tight, light foxing around the edges, clean & bright. One page has a closed tear 3/4 of the way. With over 450 engravings by Angas, Danby, Wolf, Zwecker, etc. Overall a Very Good set of this rare book.

John G. Wood’s landmark work, ‘The Uncivilized Races of Men,’ was an important, illustrated work describing the human races that were unknown to most Western cultures. Wood details the lives and cultures of people groups such as the Hottentots, Kaffir, Bosjesman, Bechuana, Ovambo, Fiji and Australian people, Eskimos, Guiana, and many more lesser-known groups. This work gives special attention to hunting and military practices such as choice weapons, human sacrifice and torture, magic spells and prophecy rituals, tobacco and pipes, and costumes and clothing.


One particularly important section is Wood’s account of the Bouda people in Ethiopia, Morocco, and Tanzania. The Bouda are known living vampires who claim to use their magic to shape-shift into hyena. According to Bane, the Boudas are also highly skilled in the art of making magical amulets and charms.

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