Sculptured Anthropoid Ape Heads: Found in or Near the Valley of the John Day River, A Tributary of the Columbia River, Oregon. James Terry.
Sculptured Anthropoid Ape Heads: Found in or Near the Valley of the John Day River, A Tributary of the Columbia River, Oregon
Sculptured Anthropoid Ape Heads: Found in or Near the Valley of the John Day River, A Tributary of the Columbia River, Oregon
Sculptured Anthropoid Ape Heads: Found in or Near the Valley of the John Day River, A Tributary of the Columbia River, Oregon
Sculptured Anthropoid Ape Heads: Found in or Near the Valley of the John Day River, A Tributary of the Columbia River, Oregon

Sculptured Anthropoid Ape Heads: Found in or Near the Valley of the John Day River, A Tributary of the Columbia River, Oregon

New York: James Terry, 1891.

First edition. 16, [20] pp. Original stapled wraps. A Good+ copy with edge-chipped and slightly soiled green outer wraps with a few small ink blots, colored pencil underline to author's name on front wrap, foxing and creasing to prelims, corners worn. Rare in the trade, apparently with no copies sold at auction since 1937.

The author's only book, a self-published examination of artifacts found in Oregon that the author believed either suggested the presence of apes in the area or a distant memory of apes in Asia that persisted throughout population of North America by Native Americans. A noteworthy collector and dealer of antiquities, Terry was associated with The American Museum of Natural History in New York City during his research for this book. Upon publication this book attracted little attention. That changed in 1935 when Frederick Skiff mentioned it in Adventures in Americana. It would be cited by John Green and a number of other cryptozoologists in the late 20th century as part of a subfield of research into the cryptid the Sasquatch, as noted by Sprague, "Carved Stone Heads of the Columbia River" in Halpin & Ames Manlike Monsters on Trial pp. 230-233. Terry's papers are held in the Frick Collection for the History of Collecting in America. Item #140939784

Price: $750.00

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