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Image for Masterpieces from the Sir Henry Wellcome Collection at UCLA [Polynesian, Northwest Coast American Indian, Malaysian, Pre-Columbian American Indian, New Guinean, Melanesian, Australia, African Art]

Masterpieces from the Sir Henry Wellcome Collection at UCLA [Polynesian, Northwest Coast American Indian, Malaysian, Pre-Columbian American Indian, New Guinean, Melanesian, Australia, African Art]

By: Altman, Ralph C; Jack Carter, et al.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: [Los Angeles], UCLA: 1965

Seller ID: 3143

Condition: Very Good


Wraps, 14.4 by 23 cm, 165 pp., illus. Very good with light wear to the wraps. Catalog for a 1965-1966 exhibition to celebrate the gift of the Wellcome Collection of Art and Ethnology, featuring numerous ceremonial masks, staffs, drums, statuary, etc., from Polynesia, Northwest Coast American Indian, Malaysia, Pre-Columbian American Indian, New Guinea, Melanesia, Australia, and, forming the largest part of the collection, Africa. View more info

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African Ceremonies: The Concise Edition [New with CD]

By: Beckwith, Carol; Angela Fisher

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Abrams: 2002

Edition: second printing

Seller ID: 3071

Condition: New


Hardcover with dust jacket, illustrated paper over white cloth spine with orange spine titles, 26 by 35.5 cm, 400 pp., illus., audio CD in envelope mounted on rear pastedown. New, still in the publisher’s shrinkwrap. An absolutely stunning collection of full-color, full-page images focusing on ceremonies throughout Africa including sections on birth and initiation, courtship and marriage, royalty and power, seasonal rites, beliefs and worship, and spirits and ancestors. Originally issued as a two-volume set, “Abrams is proud to publish a newly designed one-volume edition of this definit... View more info

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Afrikafahrt: Eine Frau Bei Den Negern Westafrikas [African Journey: A Young Woman Among the Negros of West Africa]

By: Bernatzik, Emmy

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Vienna, Verlag von L.W. Seidel & Sohn: 1938

Edition: Third Edition

Seller ID: 3134

Condition: Very Good


Decorative tan cloth with black and brown titles and graphics, lacks dust jacket, 15.3 by 23 cm, 240 pp., folding map at the back, illus. with 101 photographic illustrations. Very good with minor shelf wear. Text is in German. Emmy Bernatzik (1904-1977) was an Austrian ethnologist who worked with her husband, ethnologist and photographer Hugo Bernatzik, as a music anthropologist, research associate, co-author.1 This travelogue follows Emmy’s extensive tour of West Africa in the early 1930s, illustrated with Hugo’s photographs. View more info

Image for Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa; with Accounts of the Manners and Customs of the people, and of the Chase of the Gorilla, the Crocodile, Leopard, Elephant, Hippopotamus, and Other Animals

Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa; with Accounts of the Manners and Customs of the people, and of the Chase of the Gorilla, the Crocodile, Leopard, Elephant, Hippopotamus, and Other Animals

By: Du Chaillu, Paul B.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Negro Universities Press: 1969

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 3132

Condition: Very Good +


Reprint (originally published in 1861 by harper & Brothers, New York). Brown cloth with gilt spine titles, 14 by 22.3 cm, 531 pp., illus., folding map at rear. Very good with lonely faint shelf wear to the boards. Paul Belloni Du Chaillu (1831-1903) was a French-American traveler, zoologist, and anthropologist. He became famous in the 1860s as the first modern European outsider to confirm the existence of gorillas, and later the Pygmy people of central Africa. The novel Tarzan of the Apes was based on Du Chaillu’s stories. He was sent in 1855 by the Academy of Natural Sciences at Phila... View more info

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On the Job in Abomey: Portraits of Working People in Benin [Africa, Photography]

By: Greene, Darcy Drew

Price: $30.00

Publisher: East Lansing, MI, Michigan State University: 2018

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3016

Condition: Near Fine


Wraps, 20.2 by 30.5 cm, 52 pp., full-color illus. Near fine. A series of color portraits of Benin working people including a blacksmith, weaver, artists, healer, farmers, drivers, electricians, restauranteurs, veterinarian, coffin maker, etc. Published to accompany an exhibit of the same name. From the publisher: “The exhibit shares the stories of the workers and some of the products of their work. For instance, along-side the portrait of textile worker Jean Jacques Yèmadjè is a tapestry made by him. Other artifacts on view include an ancestral altar, ceremonial pottery, wood carvings ... View more info

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Makishi: Mask Characters of Zambia

By: Jordán, Manuel

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Fowler Museum of UCLA: 2006

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3159

Condition: New


Glossy card wraps with French flaps, 20.4 by 25.4 cm, 83 pp., heavily illustrated in color. New, still in the publisher’s shrinkwrap. From the publisher: “In Makishi: Mask Characters of Zambia, Manuel Jordán reveals the beauty and complexity of the remarkable masquerade traditions of the Chokwe, Mbunda, Lunda, Lwena/Luvale, and Luchazi peoples who live in the ‘Three Corners’ region of northwestern Zambia, northeastern Angola, and southwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The distinct yet overlapping mask types and styles used by these groups reflect their continual interaction... View more info

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Ethnicity, Hunter-Gatherers, and the “Other:” Association of Assimilation in Africa

By: Kent, Susan, ed.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Washington/London, Smithsonian Institution Press: 2002

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3120

Condition: Near Fine


Red cloth with black and yellow spine and cover titles, 16 by 23.5 cm, xiii 360 pp. Near fine, unread copy with only the faintest signs of shelf wear. From the publisher: “As the world continues to shrink owing to globalization, the need to understand the diversity of culturally distinct societies and their interactions with neighboring groups becomes greater than ever. Susan Kent has invited an international team of experts to present their insights into how one type of society, African hunter-gatherers, has managed to survive long past the first contact between foragers, farmers, and pas... View more info

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Rock Art in Africa: Mythology and Legend

By: Le Quellec, Jean-Loïc; Paul Bahn, trans.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Paris, Éditions Flammarion: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3070

Condition: New


First English-language edition (published simultaneously with the French edition). Hardcover with dust jacket, black cloth with blindstamped spine and cover titles, 24.5 by 31.5 cm, 212 pp., illus. New, still in the publisher’s shrinkwrap. From the publisher: “African Cave Art is the only book of its kind to examine cave art throughout Africa. The paintings and engravings discovered in African caves are amazing works of art that hold clues to understanding the history of humankind. Jean-Loïc Le Quellec offers an expert analysis of this primitive art form, supplemented by photographs th... View more info

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Encounters with the Dani [New Guinea, Indonesia, Papua]

By: Meiselas, Susan

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Göttingen, Germany, Steidl/International Center of Photography: 2003

Seller ID: 3072

Condition: New


Hardcover with illustrated boards, 21 by 27 cm, 176 pp., illus. New, still in the publisher’s shrinkwrap. From the publisher: “Acclaimed photographer Susan Meiselas pieces together verbal and visual traces of encounters with the Dani—an indigenous people of the West Papuan highlands—from the nearly six decades since their ‘discovery’ by the West. In this subjective, fragmentary history, Meiselas draws from the experiences of missionaries, colonists, anthropologists and modern-day ecotourists, all of whom have come to the Dani's Baliem Valley and transformed the conditions under ... View more info

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L’Anthropologie, Vol. XXIX, Nos. 3-4, 1919 [De La Tribu Kouyou, Mammoth, Celtics, Bronze Age in Paris Basin, Cephalic Circumference]

By: MM. Boule – Verneau, eds.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Paris, Masson et Cie, Éditeurs for Libraires de l’Academie de Medecine: Vol. XXIX, Nos. 3-4, 1919

Seller ID: 3155

Condition: Fair


Vol. XXIX, Nos. 3-4, 1919. Wraps, 16.3 by 25.3 cm, pp. 194-392. Fair with heavy wear, tears and chipping to the edges and corners of the wraps, chipping at the spine ends, and library stamps on the cover and first leaf. Text is in French. Includes articles on the Kouyou tribe, the extinction of the mammoth, Celtics, the Bronze Age in the Paris Basin, a study of the physical and psycho-sociological correlations of cephalic circumference, a lunar eclipse among the Dioula of Bondoukou, and scientific news. View more info

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Pacific Islands, Africa, and the Americas

By: O’Neil, John P., ed.; Douglas Newton; Julie Jones; Kate Ezra, intros.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1987

Seller ID: 3069

Condition: New


Wraps, 23 by 30 cm, 160 pp., illus. New, still in the publisher’s shrinkwrap. A broad selection of art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “from the Pacific appear the extraordinary memorial polls made by the Asmat peoples of Irian Jaya in western in New Guinea, and the commanding works of the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea. Other objects range from a New Ireland funerary carving to a Maori feather box From New Zealand, and important male figures from the Gambier and Easter islands in Polynesia. The African sculptures illustrated in this volume come from the forest in Savannah areas ... View more info

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Etruscan Tomb Paintings: Their Subjects and Significance

By: Poulsen, Frederik; Ingeborg Andersen, trans.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Oxford, Clarendon Press: 1922

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3057

Condition: Very Good


Gray paper over oatmeal cloth spine with black spine titles and paper cover label, in original glassine jacket, 20 by 26.5 cm, frontis, x 63 pp., 47 illus. While the jacket has several chips and tears, the book itself is very good with only minor cover wear and corner bumping. A lovely first edition of this classic on Etruscan tomb paintings. Features several tombs, including Campana at Veii, Tori at Corneto, Auguri, Pulcinella, Tomb of the Inscriptions, Triclinio, Barone, Bighe, Tomb of the Chariots, as well as gladiators in Esturia, Etruscan dance and song, laurel decorations, the Tomba ... View more info

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African Journey

By: Robeson, Eslanda Goode

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, The John Day Co.: 1945

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3125

Condition: Very Good


Hardcover with dust jacket, burgundy cloth with gilt spine titles, 15 by 21.7 cm, 154 pp. plus 64 pp. of illus. The hardcover is very good with light wear at the extremities, some spots of light soiling on the front cover, and a date in red pen on the rear pastedown; the jacket is good with light edgewear and chips, light soiling, and old masking tape repairs on the backside of the jacket at the head and tail of the spine panel. While often overshadowed by her husband, the singer, actor, and political activist Paul Robeson, Eslanda Robeson (1895-1965) was an anthropologist and civil rights a... View more info

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Les Kongo Nord-Occidentaux [Monographies Ethnologiques Africaines]

By: Soret, Marcel

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, published under the patronage of the African International Institute: 1959

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3156

Condition: Very Good


Sewn wraps, 16.5 by 25.3 cm, viii 144 pp., charts, folding map the rear. Very good with edge and corner wear to the wraps. Many unopened leaves. Text is in French. An anthropological and ethnological study of the people of the North-West Congo (now Republic of the Congo), including traditions, economic demographics, natural history, politics, and cultural aspects. View more info

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Autour des Songye: Under the Influence of the Songye (Annales des Arts Africains)

By: Volper, Julien

Price: $20.00

Publisher: [Paris], Editions d'Art Gourcuff Gradenigo: 2012

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3142

Condition: Near Fine


Wraps, 16.5 by 24 cm, 255 pp., well-illustrated in color (primarily) and black and white. Text is in French and English. Near fine, unread copy with light shelf wear at the corners. A detailed look at the masks of the Songye and the position they hold within their society. “The Annals of African Arts is a project that places almost excessive emphasis on precision and detail,” says Bernard Dulon in the preface. “Opposed to vulgarization, it aims to prove to what extent the serious study of a subject that is almost arid in its sublimity can deepen our understanding not only of art but... View more info

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History of Ancient Pottery: Greek, Etruscan, and Roman, Vols. I & II [Two Volume Set]

By: Walters, Henry Beauchamp [Samuel Birch]

Price: $40.00

Publisher: London, John Murray: 1905

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3044

Condition: Very Good


Two volumes, complete. Blue cloth with gilt spine titles and gilt cover decorations, 16 by 23.3 cm, frontis plates, xxxvi 504; xiv 588 pp. plus publisher ads, illus., plates. Bumping and rubbing to the corners and edges, a 6 mm tear at the head of the spine on Vol. II, and light spine fading. Light foxing on the endpapers and gift and owner inscriptions, dated 1953 and 1970, on the ffep of both volumes. Based on the work of Samuel Birch, this is an in-depth and classic study of ancient pottery. Well-illustrated and indexed. View more info

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Prehistoric Man [with the Bookplate of Madison Grant]

By: [Madison Grant] Duckworth, W.L.H.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Cambridge/New York, Cambridge University Press/G.P. Putnam’s Sons: 1912

Seller ID: 2836

Condition: Very Good


From the “Cambridge Manuals of Science and Literature” series. Hardcover, rhubarb cloth with black spine and cover titles and decorations, 12.3 by 16.8 cm, viii 156 pp., illus. including two fold-out tables. Very good with minor fading on the spine and faint foxing on the endpapers. This copy has an armorial bookplate on the front pastedown for Madison Grant, bearing the motto “Stand Fast.” Grant (1865-1937), a New York-based lawyer, was a strong advocate of eugenics.7 He authored The Passing of the Great Race (1916) which detailed the racial history of Europe and called for stric... View more info