New York: Geo. A. Leavitt. Hardcover. Scarce children's chapbook with illustrations of different races of the world with text below, with racist depictions of Australian and New Zealand aboriginal people.
The Australia page is illustrated in woodblock with a naked & tattooed Aborigine in battle stance with shield and sword: "The inhabitants are mostly cannibals, they eat the flesh of their enemies killed in war. ... They are divided into two races the Papuans, and the other is somewhat like the Europeans in appearance and belonging to the Malay race". (p22).
The "native of Van Dieman's Land" is pictured carrying a woven basket of goods, and described, "[they] convey themselves in miserable rafts, over almost any water ... They are unacquainted wit the throwing stick used by the New Holanders (sic); theirs spears are much less formidable, and their disposition more peaceable than most of the neighboring tribes" (p34).
The "New Zealander" [is] tall and well formed ... and are in a degree intelligent. ... They are kind and affectionate to their tribe, and families; but inveterate enemies of the whites". (p36).
12mo, 36pp, woodblock illustrations. Purple stamped cloth, gilt title and decorations at spine. Boards slightly marked, pages bright and clean, very good condition.
Trove 14168685 records a copy at the State Library of New South Wales dated [1894?]. OCLC: 969094542 records one copy at the American Antiquarian Society dated . Very good overall. Item #24478