London: Macmillan and Co., 1877. cloth. Octavo, 23 x 15cm, xx, 599pp., 4pp. (Advertisements), blue cloth covers, 359 illustrations as called for, top edge gilt. Top board with gilt-ruled blind stamped border in at top and bottom and continuing onto spine, blind stamped design with gilt highlights at centre of top board, title, author and publisher on the spine with another design in gilt. Re-backed with original spine laid back down, but showing the head and foot of the newer spine. Corners are bumped and abraded, boards lightly marked, top edge gilt a little patchy, edges of leaves are age toned, very occasional fox mark, pencil notations on the recto of the last free endpaper. Good. Item #666
Last work by American journalist and archeologist Ephraim George Squier (1821-1888). His research into the remains of the Inca civilization took place when he was appointed U.S. commisioner to Peru in 1863. On his return to the United States he developed and delivered a 12 part lecture series "The Inca Empire" for the Lowell Institute (1866-67).