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Tristes Tropiques. by  Claude Levi-Strauss - Signed First Edition - 1974 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 57044)

Tristes Tropiques.

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Tristes Tropiques.

by Levi-Strauss, Claude

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New York: Atheneum, 1974. First American edition of this translation, which is the first complete edition of Lei-Strauss' landmark work. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "To Patricia Anawalt who is interested in Indians and loves cats, with author's regards Claude Levi-Strauss." Levi-Strauss has added a large drawing of a cat below his inscription. The recipient, Patricia Anawalt was an anthropologist and authority on Mesoamerican ritual and attire, She wrote several books, including "The Worldwide History of Dress", which examined the costumes of a wide range of peoples, including Neolithic plant-fiber skirts, ancient Egyptian linen shifts and Mongolian shamanic robes. Translated from the French by John and Doreen Weightman. Fine in a very good faded dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A unique example. Tristes Tropiques is a memoir, first published in France in 1955. It documents his travels and anthropological work, focusing principally on Brazil, though it refers to many other places, such as the Caribbean and India. Although ostensibly a travelogue, the work is infused with philosophical reflections and ideas linking many academic disciplines, such as sociology, geology, music, history and literature. "One of the great works of the twentieth century" (Susan Sontag).


"A magical masterpiece."—Robert Ardrey. A chronicle of the author's search for a civilization "reduced to its most basic expression."


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Tristes Tropiques.
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Claude Levi Strauss First Edition, Triste Tropiques First Edition

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.


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