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BREUIL, HENRI
Beyond the Bounds of History. Scenes from the Old Stone Age
(London, P.R. Gawthorn, 1949). . Translation by Mary E. Boyle. 4to; original cloth; pictorial dustwrapper foxed and edgeworn; scattered foxing throughout, quite pronounced in endpapers and prelim's; gift inscription on front free endpaper; pp. 100, incl. index; illustrated with black-and-white photographs and colour reproductions of rock art. Fair condition. "The Abb Breuil's classic works on the prehistoric paintings in the underground caves of France and Spain are the foundation stones of all study of European prehistoric art. Beyond the Bounds of History is an album of colour sketches accompanied by explanatory notes, drawn and written by this foremost prehistorian of the day in intervals of rest during his last great African tour.".
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Book number: 1935
GBP 3.50 [Appr.: EURO 4 US$ 4.6 | JP 481]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: . Prehistory. Primitive Man.

 
COULSON, DAVID, AND ALEC CAMPBELL
African Rock Art: Paintings and Engravings on Stone
(New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2001) 0810943638. . 4to; original dark brown boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; pp. 256, incl. index; lavishly illustrated with full-colour photographs; some line drawings in text; maps. Near-fine condition. "African Rock Art: Paintings and Engravings on Stone is the first comprehensive illustrated book on the rock art of Africa. From the spectacular mountains of the central Sahara, to the arid plateaus of South Africa, home to a vast array of extraordinary art, photographer David Coulson and co-author Alec Campbell have explored the farthest reaches of this vast continent to deliver an astonishing collection of nearly 400 color photographs and line drawings.".
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Book number: 10705
GBP 50.00 [Appr.: EURO 55.5 US$ 65.71 | JP 6877]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: Petroglyphs. . Bushman. Bushmen. San. Khoisan

 
DOWSON, THOMAS A.
Rock Engravings of Southern Africa
(Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, 1992) 1868141209. . Oblong 4to (248 x 347 mm); pale brown glac cloth, lettered in dark brown to spine and upper cover; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. xii + 124; photographs, largely in full colour; line drawings; map. Fine condition. "Over the centuries, in the central parts of Southern Africa, Bushmen artists engraved images into the patina of dolomite rocks. The beauty and variety of these engravings is illustrated for the first time in the magnificent collection of colour photographs, rubbings and drawings in this book. The skill and eye of the Bushman artist created masterpieces in the veld. We see the detail in the twist of the horns of an animal in a meticulously observed engraving, and in the intricacy of a geometric design perfectly fitting the angular face of a rock. In the accompanying text, Thomas Dowson gives an insight into the meaning and significance of the engravings. Some of them are thought to have been made over ten thousand years ago; others were carried out as recently as the nineteenth century. The author's research suggests that engravings have ritual associations and that they were executed by shamans whose trance experiences are reflected in the designs and depictions on the rock.".
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Book number: 8876
GBP 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 27.75 US$ 32.85 | JP 3438]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: . . . San. Khoisan

 
GINNER, PHYLLIS, AND OTHERS
Tanganyika Rock Paintings: A Guide and Record
(Dar-es-Salaam: Tanganyika Travel Committee, ca 1950). . Catalogued from upper cover, and reproduced from Tanganyika Notes and Records No. 29. 244 x 171 mm; side-stitched pictorial card wrappers; pp. (iv) + 4 + (ii) + 64; several plates; folding map. Wrappers a bit tanned and curled, worn at head of spine; deaccession stamps to title page. Good condition. 'This "Guide and Record" aims to give a preliminary account of some of the more interesting rock paintings which have so far been discovered in Tanganyika, especially in the the Kondoa district of the Central Province. While it is not written for the expert it does provide precise information of the locality of the paintings and tells those interested how to get to them. Thus anyone who has occasion to travel along the Great North Road between Dodoma and Arusha is recommended to take a copy of the "Guide" with him and to see as many of these fascinating paintings as he can.'.
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Book number: 6969
GBP 7.50 [Appr.: EURO 8.5 US$ 9.86 | JP 1032]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: . . Tanzania. East Africa. Anthropology. Ethnography

 
GOODWIN, A. J. H., AND ERIC ROSENTHAL (INTRODUCTIONS)
Cave Artists of South Africa: 48 Unpublished Reproductions of Rock Paintings Collected by the Late Dorothea Bleek with a Biographical Introduction on Miss Bleek by Eric Rosenthal and an Archeological Introduction by A.J. H. Goodwin
(Cape Town: A. A. Balkema, 1953). . Small oblong 4to (137 x 212 mm); original pictorial cloth over limp boards; pp. 80; monochrome plates. Cloth partially sunned and very slightly mottled; a little foxing; earlier owner's name on front pastedown. Good to very good condition. 'The first person to make an extensive collection of copies of the rock-paintings of South Africa was Mr. G. W. Stow, trader, geologist and ethnologist. The majority have already been published, but the remainder have waited for publication until now. In "Cave Artists of South Africa" there are 48 plates made from black and white photographs of Stow's cartoons. A. J. H. Goodwin's descriptive notes for each plate give the colour, size and locality of the originals, and point out the interesting features of the paintings. The book might be considered a memorial to the late Dorothea Bleek, the last private owner of Stow's collection, who devoted much of her life to the study of the Bushmen and their languages, and of rock-paintings - tasks which she inherited from her father, Dr. W. H. I. Bleek, and her aunt, Miss Lucy Lloyd.' - From E. M. Shaw's book review, accompanying this copy..
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Book number: 11170
GBP 12.50 [Appr.: EURO 14 US$ 16.43 | JP 1719]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: . San.

 
GOODWIN, A.J.H.
Exhibition of Prehistoric Art in Southern Africa; Sponsored by the South African Association of Arts and the South African Archaeological Society
(Cape Town, 1946). . Wraps, pp. 20, few text illustrations. Slight creasing, some foxing opposite the inside wraps and in margins..
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Book number: 2700
GBP 8.00 [Appr.: EURO 9 US$ 10.51 | JP 1100]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: . Prehistory. Archaeology. Bushman . San. Khoisan. Khoe. Anthropology.

 
HOW, MARION WALSHAM (AUTHOR), AND JAMES WALTON (ILLUSTRATOR)
The Mountain Bushmen of Basutoland
(Pretoria: J. L. van Schaik, 1962). . 4to; original brown pictorial boards; pictorial dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; decorative endpapers; pp.63; several illustrations. One or two minor fox spots to edges; earlier owner's bookplate to front free endpaper verso. Near-fine condition. "Rock paintings and rock engravings have been recorded from many parts of Africa but it is only in the wild, mountainous country of Basutoland that the rock artists continued to paint within living memory. Marion Walsham How was born in Basutoland and there she met Basotho who had painted with the Bushmen in their rock shelters. From them she learned some of the secrets of the diminutive artists and in these pages she tells of the Mountain Bushmen who were living in Basutoland at the end of last century. Her story is based on her own personal experiences and on information supplied by people who actually knew the Mountain Bushmen.".
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Book number: 10685
GBP 40.00 [Appr.: EURO 44.5 US$ 52.57 | JP 5501]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: Lesotho. Drakensberg. Malutis. Khoisan. San. . Cave

 
HOW, MARION WALSHAM (AUTHOR), AND JAMES WALTON (ILLUSTRATOR)
The Mountain Bushmen of Basutoland
(Pretoria: J. L. van Schaik, 1962). . 4to; original brown pictorial boards; pictorial dustwrapper; decorative endpapers; pp.63; several illustrations. Dustwrapper very slightly edgeworn, with earlier owner's tape reinforcing to reverse of spine panel; one or two minor fox spots to edges. Very good condition. "Rock paintings and rock engravings have been recorded from many parts of Africa but it is only in the wild, mountainous country of Basutoland that the rock artists continued to paint within living memory. Marion Walsham How was born in Basutoland and there she met Basotho who had painted with the Bushmen in their rock shelters. From them she learned some of the secrets of the diminutive artists and in these pages she tells of the Mountain Bushmen who were living in Basutoland at the end of last century. Her story is based on her own personal experiences and on information supplied by people who actually knew the Mountain Bushmen.".
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Book number: 10686
GBP 30.00 [Appr.: EURO 33.5 US$ 39.43 | JP 4126]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: Lesotho. Drakensberg. Malutis. Khoisan. San. . Cave

 
LEWIS-WILLIAMS, DAVID, AND GEOFFREY BLUNDELL
Fragile Heritage. A Rock Art Fieldguide
(Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, 1998) 1868143325. . 220 x 150 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. viii + 224; profusely illustrated with full-colour photographs, location maps, line drawings and diagrams. Fine condition. "South Africa is well known for its magnificent rock art. An important cultural heritage, it strikes chords in almost all who are fortunate enough to see it on the rock face. Echoing, as it does, a world which no longer exists, it has long enticed researchers to attempt to find out its meaning. Designed as a handy fieldguide for rock art enthusiasts, Fragile Heritage covers the most important and accessible rock art sites in South Africa - sites selected because they are officially open to visitors and are adequately protected from the destructive whims of humans to which so much South African rock art has fallen victim. In an accessible and illuminating introduction David Lewis-Williams introduces readers to the basic theoretical and conceptual tools with which to appreciate and interpret rock art. Descriptions of each site include a map showing its location, the availability of facilities for camping or accomodation on or near the site and an indication of the cost of a visit (including entrance fees and accomodation). A fun check-list encourages visitors to spot and note recurring themes and particular details of the art they view.".
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Book number: 7253
GBP 20.00 [Appr.: EURO 22.25 US$ 26.28 | JP 2751]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: Paintings. Bushman. Bushmen. San. Khoisan. Archaeology

 
PARKINGTON, JOHN (TEXT) AND NEIL RUSCH (PHOTOGRAPHS)
Cederberg Rock Paintings
(Clanwilliam: Living Landscape Project, 2003) 062031134. . Signed by the author on the title page. 210 x 246 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 127; lavishly illustrated with photographs, maps, line drawings, reproductions of pages from Bleek's notebooks, and period ethnographic and other portraits. Fine condition. 'These Cederberg rock paintings are, as Wilhelm Bleek noted in the late 19th century, about the things that "most deeply moved the Bushman mind"... It has become clear that the insights offered to Bleek and his sister-in-law Lucy Lloyd by their /Xam informants have transformed the analysis of painted images from speculation to understanding. Through the dissemination of the written and painted archives, the stories, images and sounds of the /Xam are gradually finding their way back into the minds of Cederberg people.'.
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Book number: 7208
GBP 17.50 [Appr.: EURO 19.5 US$ 23 | JP 2407]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: . . Polychrome . Bushmen. San. Anthropology. South Africa. Copy

 
PARKINGTON, JOHN, AND DAVID MORRIS (TEXT) AND NEIL RUSCH (PHOTOGRAPHS)
Karoo Rock Engravings
(Clanwilliam: Living Landscape Project, 2008) 9790620406499. . 210 x 246 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 127; lavishly illustrated with colour photographs, period photographs of archaelogical field trips, maps, line drawings, etc. Fine condition. "The karoo is an ancient landform with characteristic rock strata, topography, vegetation and climate. Named from the languages of the pre-colonial hunter gatherers and pastoralists, this arid region boasts a rich archaeological record of tens of millions of stone artefacts and perhaps a million engraved images, sometimes called petroglyphs... Here we describe the contexts and contents of this rock art and link engraving to the lives and belief systems of the engravers.".
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Book number: 7209
GBP 17.50 [Appr.: EURO 19.5 US$ 23 | JP 2407]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: . Karroo. . . Bushmen. San. Anthropology. South Africa.

 
LE QUELLEC, JEAN-LOÏC (TEXT), AND PAUL BAHN (TRANSLATION)
Rock Art in Africa: Mythology and Legend
(Paris: Editions Flammarion, 2004) 2080304445. . 4to; original black boards, lettered in blind on spine and upper board; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 212; lavishly illustrated with full-colour photographs of the sites and the rock paintings and carvings, also with some diagrams in text. As new. A visually stunning book. "Travelers to Africa who discover its rock paintings and engravings are fascinated by their esthetic appeal, and never fail to wonder about their meaning. Rock Art in Africa: Mythology and Legend provides a panorama of the great parietal assemblages of the whole continent, which the author divides into four major geographical zones: The Sahara, the intertropical zone of central Africa, Azania, and southern Africa. They are characterized by a variety of stylistic choices, ranging from accentuated realism to an almost abstract symbolism. The photographs, tracings, and drawings that illustrate Rock Art in Africa bear witness to the originality of the art. The author places the works in the context of their discovery by the great explorers, and then deciphers their hidden meanings, discarding erroneous traditional readings that have often been too easily adopted, and proposing new interpretations. He evokes tales and legends, which make it possible to achieve a partial elucidation of these prehistoric images and to reconstruct the mythology of the remote, or not so remote, past; he also analyses the myths that these works of art in their turn have aroused within Western culture.".
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Book number: 6991
GBP 20.00 [Appr.: EURO 22.25 US$ 26.28 | JP 2751]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: . Primitive . . Religion.

 
RUDNER, JALMAR AND IONE
The Hunter and His Art. A Survey of Rock Art in Southern Africa
(Cape Town: Struik, 1970). . Oblong 4to (254 x 300 mm); original mustard cloth with gilt titles and gilt Bushman hunter device on upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. xi + (i) + 278, incl. index; lavishly illustrated with marginal and full-page monochrome and polychrome reproductions of rock art. Dustwrapper ever so slightly rubbed and edgeworn; previous owner's name on front free endpaper; front pastedown pulled a little at hinge; scattered light foxing. Very good condition. "Jalmar and Ione Rudner are well known both inside and outside South Africa for their work in the fields of archaeology and ethnology, having published many papers and articles. Jalmar Rudner was Honorary Curator of Archaeology at the South African Museum for thirteen years and was also Honorary General Secretary of the South African Archaeological Society for a few years. Ione Rudner is a staff member in the department of Palaeontology at the South African Museum. Their studies in many remote corners of South Africa, South West Africa, Rhodesia, Angola, Lesotho and Botswana are reflected in this survey of rock art in Southern Africa. During their travels over the past 20 years the Rudners made hundreds of tracings and engravings. Of these they have selected 60 to be reproduced in colour in this book, as well as numerous black and white drawings which appear in the text. The Rudner couple use their wide experience and knowledge to attempt to answer the basic questions of: Who made the pictures? When? Why? But they do not pretend to know all the answers.".
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Book number: 8037
GBP 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 27.75 US$ 32.85 | JP 3438]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: . Bushmen. San. Khoisan. . .

 
SCHOONRAAD, MURRAY (EDITOR)
Rock Paintings of Southern Africa
(Johannesburg, South African Association for the Advancement of Science, 1971). . Supplement to the South African Journal of Science, Special Issue No 2, May 1971. 245 x 280 mm; pictorial wraps; pp. iv + 104; black-and-white illustrations and photographs. Wraps somewhat creased and worn; scattered light foxing and browning; brown stain to lower edge. Fair condition. "This Special Publication No. 2 is a selection of papers presented at a symposium on Rock Art in Southern Africa organized by Section F (Humanistic and Social Sciences) of the South African Association for the Advancement of Science as part of the programme of the 67th Annual Congress held at Pietermaritzburg from June 30 - July 5, 1969.".
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Book number: 1242
GBP 10.00 [Appr.: EURO 11.25 US$ 13.14 | JP 1375]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: . Bushman. Bushmen. San. Khoisan

 
WILLCOX, A. R.
The Drakensberg Bushmen and Their Art. With a Guide to the Rock Painting Sites
(Winterton: Drakensberg Publications, 1984) 0620074191. . 210 x 148 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. xi + (i) + 95 + (xii); map, line drawings and photographs, some of which in colour. Very good condition. A guide to the rock art sites of the Drakensberg, providing more information on a wide variety of sites than other publications of equivalent size..
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Book number: 11230
GBP 5.00 [Appr.: EURO 5.75 US$ 6.57 | JP 688]
Catalogue: Rock Art
Keywords: . . San. Khoisan. . Quathlamba. Anthropology. Ethnology.

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