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THE HISTORY OF ANCIENT AMERICA, Anterior to the Time of Columbus; The Identity of the Aborigines with the Tyrians and Israelites (1843) by George Jones

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THE HISTORY OF ANCIENT AMERICA, Anterior to the Time of Columbus; The Identity of the Aborigines with the Tyrians and Israelites (1843) by George Jones

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JONES, George

The History of Ancient America, Anterior to the Time of Columbus; The Identity of the Aborigines with the Tyrians and Israelites; and the Introduction of Christianity into the Western Hemisphere by the Apostle of St. Thomas. 

London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1843. Second Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. Fully bound in tan calf with gilt rules to front and rear panels. Spine with 6 tooled compartments, gilt titles to black leather spine label. All edges marbled. Marbled endpapers. Two title pages, one is highly decorated with frontispiece showing an engraving of the author. [xvi] + 461 pp. Index. 

Some rubbing and light scratches to leather. Additional wear to leather along hinges. Foxing to preliminary pages, a bit heavy to title page and frontis margins. This remains a handsome copy in very good condition. 

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This work is divided into what the author calls two 'books'. The first covers the ruins of antiquity in ancient America, described and analyzed; and the original architects identified. The second book covers the scriptural, political, and commercial history of Tyrus, to the destruction of that kingdom by Alexander of Maceon; and the Tyrian migration to the Western Hemisphere in the year 332 before Christ. Jones puts forth the theory that the inhabitants of ancient Mexico and Central America are the descendants of Hiram of Tyrus, and those to the north of Mexico represent one of the lost tribes of the Israelites. Now, I'm not saying that Jones has gone way out on a limb here, in fact, some of his arguments do indeed seem to have some merit, but the deeper one goes into this, the easier it is to determine that our dear man Jones has most likely taken more than a few liberties with the information he has gathered. The ideas presented here certainly fall into the 'curious and forgotten lore' section of our offerings. As a side note, Jones states in the preface: "The usual 'Table of Contents' has been avoided, in order to prevent anticipation of the subject-matter and secrets of the History; but, at the same time, for after-reference, a copious Index has been placed at the end of the Volume". After-reference - better late than never I guess.