New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1999. Color photographs. First Edition. Cloth. INSCRIBED by the AUTHORS, 2 volumes, folios, Foreword Malidoma Patrice Somé, profusely illustrated with more than 800 magnificent full-color photographs of numerous tribes and peoples, slipcase with color photos inlaid on covers & gilt lettering on spines, bibliography, index, photographic endpapers in both volumes, 384 & 360 pages. colour illus. throughout. biblio. index. Very Fine / Slipcase. Item #2706
A magnificent collection of beautiful and striking photographs throughout Africa. Important as a reference.
"A portion of the royalties from the sale of this book will be used to assist the peoples of Africa during times of need"--from the copyright page.
From the collaborative duo who created four award-winning books on Africa (Africa Adorned; Maasai; Nomads of Niger; and African Ark) comes this outstanding two-volume survey of the continent's rites, rituals, and ceremonies.
The two-volume folio set documents 43 ceremonies in 26 countries and is divided into six sections: birth and initiation; courtship and marriage; royalty and power; seasonal rites; beliefs and worship; spirits and ancestors.
There are more than 800 splendid color photographs that accompany the text which carefully describes many ceremonies --including controversial Maasai clitoridectomy. The authors lived with each group they photographed and were thereby able to achieve a level of intimacy that infuses their fascinating and colorful images.
INSCRIBED to a fellow artist. EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION internally & externally! Heavy volumes that may require extra postage.