The Whole Subject Complete in One Volume. Dr. Carolos Montezuma's copy. Chicago: The MAS-SIN-NA'-GAN Company, 1888.
First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto. iii-viii, 9-981 pages illustrated. Recased, restored. Later brown cloth covered boards. Gilt stamped new brown leather title label pasted down on the spine. New front and rear end sheets. The original front blank end paper removed. Marbled edges. Previous owner inscription written top of the page iii - "Laura Caryell Hall 4226 Grand Bild. Chicago, Ill." Below this is inscription (written by the second owner) is another - "To Dr. Carlos Montezuma Aug. 26" 1918."
Howes H-19. Good. Item #16608
Carlos Montezuma or Wassaja (born c.1866; died 1923) was a Yavapai-Apache Native American, activist and a founding member of the Society of American Indians. His birth name Wassaja, means "Signaling" or "Beckoning" in his native tongue. Wassaja was kidnapped by Pima raiders along with other children to be sold or bartered. Wassaja was then purchased by an Italian photographer Carlo Gentile in Adamsville, for thirty silver dollars. Gentile renamed him "Carlos Montezuma". Montezuma was the first Native American student at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, and only the second Native American ever to earn a medical degree in an American University after Susan La Flesche Picotte. Wassaja was the first Native American male to receive a medical degree. Until his death Wassaja fought to support the rights of his Yavapai people and other Native Americans.