First edition of the account of the experiences of the anthropologist Carleton S. Coon in Ethiopia and Arabia

Coon, Carleton S[tevens]. Measuring Ethiopia and Flight into Arabia.

Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1935.

8vo. IX, (5), 333, (1) pp. With 8 plates. Yellow cloth with title information in blue on front cover and spine, with a dust jacket designed by Paul Wenck, map of Ethiopia and Arabia on the endpapers.


First edition of Coon's account of his experiences in Ethiopia and Arabia. From 1933 to 1934 Coon travelled through Ethiopia to conduct physical anthropological research, but after conflicts with the authorities he had to escape to Arabia. He states in his foreword that the purpose of the present work is a memoir, since it was not meant to "impress the public with our scientific findings, for, interesting as these results may or may not be, they are reserved for more formal publication", but simply to tell what he and two others did during the expedition. C. S. Coon (1904-81) was an American anthropologist and professor of anthropology at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. He spoke ten languages and made notable contributions to the fields of cultural and physical anthropology and archaeology. He was the author of multiple works, including highly controversial works on race, such as "The Origin of Races" (1962), which were widely disputed during his lifetime and are considered pseudoscientific by modern anthropology.

Dust jacket somewhat damaged, covered with clear protective plastic, edges foxed. Otherwise in very good condition.

Macro 747. Shapero, The Islamic World (2003), 178. Sotheby's, Burrell sale, lot 889.

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