1991 Perino’s Vol 2 Point Book & Meyer Illustrations:
Gregory Perino (American 1914-2005) “Selected Preforms, Points and Knives of the North American Indians. Vol. 2.” Points and Barbs Press 1991 First edition. This is one of the best guides to Native American artifacts, written by a leading expert in the field. Perino’s book was part of the attempt to standardize projectile point typology in the United States. The book contains clear descriptions and illustrations to help identify each point accurately. This is an invaluable reference guide for those interested in projectile point collecting! Included in this lot are approximately 40 separate documents with illustrations by Charles Meyer, the illustrator of the book, including orignal drawings as well as printed copies. Perhaps his first drafts and plans for the book, a few of these pages display drawings that have been cut from a another document and taped in place, some even include white out and written notes – an interesting look into his process! Size of book: 8.75″ L x 1.125″ W x 11.25″ H (22.2 cm x 2.9 cm x 28.6 cm); papers are approximately: 11″ L x 8.5″ W (27.9 cm x 21.6 cm
Gregory Perino was a self-taught archeologist and founding member of the Illinois State Archaeological Society. Perino’s interest in Native American artifacts started when he found an arrowhead as a child. His natural ability to find and meticulously excavate prehistoric sites gained him recognition on a local level in Illinois. He was soon recruited to handle field excavations by the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art. Perino’s work in artifact analysis led him to projectile point typology in which he has written and published several books on the topic. By the 1980s, Perino was the most respected authenticator of Native American artifacts.