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Myths & Legends of the Bantu

By Werner, Alice

(London: Harrap, 1933). Bookplate of South African artist Nerine Desmond to front free endpaper, and her ownership inscription to title page. 8vo; decorative brown cloth; pp. 335, incl. index; plates; folding map. Cloth very worn and mottled; backstrip detached, but present; binding slack; endpapers and outermost leaves a bit foxed, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Good internally; fair condition overall. (Schapera E272) Schapera describes the work as follows: "Valuable general survey of folk literature, with some account of religious and magical beliefs and practices." The copyright page has a printed "In Memoriam" note and poem for the Colenso sisters, Harriette Emily and Agnes Mary, who died within two months of each other the preceding year. Alice Werner had "visited Bishop J. W. Colenso's daughters in Natal, where she studied Zulu while co-operating with Harriette Emily Colenso in some minor publications." - DSAB II, p. 841. Interestingly, although Nerine Desmond, a previous owner of this book, is known for her pastoral scenes showing African tribespeople, she held conservative views in politics and once refused the use of one of her works on the cover of a Nadine Gordimer novel. .

$19.90

Hänsel und Gretel in Afrika. Märchentexte aus Namibia im internationalen Vergleich

By Schmidt, Sigrid

(Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 1999) 3896451235. Afrika erzählt, Band 7. 230 x 154 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 398 + (ii). Very good condition. German text. Namibian folk tales compared with those of other countries. "Many will be amazed to hear that native grandmothers in Africa are still telling us familiar fairy tales, not in books, but learned from their own grandmothers." .

$26.53

Etnografiese Studies in Suidelike Afrika

By Eloff, J. F., and R. D. Coertze (editors)

(Pretoria: J. L. van Schaik, 1972) 062700122X. 8vo; original papered boards; pp. (x) + 378; monochrome illustrations. Backstrip lightly sunned; some foxing to edges. Very good condition. Afrikaans text. Chapter headings: Die Mens en die Vakman; Handleiding by Etnografiese Veldwerk; Die Sosiale Organisasie van die Pedi; Die Landbou en Veeteelt by die Bakgatla van Mosêtlha; Aspekte van die Religieuse Organisasie van die Mamabolo; Towery by die Bakgatla-baKgafêla; Die Persoonlikheidsreg by die Suid-Afrikaanse Bantoe; Die Keramiek van die Venda; Stam en Stamkaptein by die Khoe-Khoen in Suidwes-Afrika; Die Gesinslewe in Atteridgeville; Godsdiens in Atteridgeville. .

$13.27

Die familie-, erf- en opvolgingsreg van die Bafokeng van Rustenburg met verwysing na prosesregtelike aspekte

By Coertze, R. D.

(Pretoria: Raad vir Geesteswetenskaplike Navorsing, 1971) 0869730010. 8vo; original blue boards, lettered in black on upper cover; pp. xiii + (i) + 419 + (ii); tables; maps. Backstrip a little discoloured; trace of foxing to edges and endpapers, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Good to very good condition. Afrikaans text. Detailed monograph on tribal law among the Bafokeng relating to family, inheritance and succession. The author is cautious to present Bafokeng tribal law as distinct from broad generalisations of southern African and Batswana law and custom. Uncommon. .

$46.43

Ethnographic Survey of Africa. Southern Africa Part III. The Tswana

By Schapera, I

(London: International African Institute, 1979) 0853020639. 240 x 163 mm; printed card wrappers; pp. 93 + (ii); tables; folding map. Wrappers slightly worn and partially sunned; some foxing, particularly to outermost leaves. Good. Chapters are: Groupings, Demography and History; Language and Literature; Economy; Social Organization; Government and Law; Religion and Magic. A comprehensive bibliography is included. .

$8.62

The Tembu. Their Beadwork, Songs and Dances

By Broster, Joan A.

(Cape Town: Purnell, 1976) 360003095. Author's signed presentation inscription on the title page. 4to; original orange boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (xiv) + 118, incl. index; map; genealogical table; line drawings; photographs, incl. several in full colour. Dustwrapper very slightly edgeworn, with earlier owner's tape reinforcing to reverse of sunned spine panel at head; some foxing to reverse of dustwrapper, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Very good condition. "The Tembu, a branch of the Xhosa-speaking people in Southern Africa, live in the uplands of the western Transkei where, over the centuries, they have evolved an unwritten culture which allows each individual to play an independent role in their tribal society. This book is a detailed account of the art, customs, songs, dances and ceremonies of the Tembu people, in which the author sets out to explain the intricacies of tribal life. From the deep understanding of the people about whom she writes and from years of dedicated research, Joan Broster has compiled this unique study of the Tembu people, to stand as a permanent record of an African culture in the face of sweeping social changes in modern African societies." .

$46.43

Tales from the Kraals

By Murgatroyd, Madeline

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1981) 0869782088. 4to; dark brown boards, lettered in white on spine and upper cover; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 95 + (i); appealing illustrations by Joyce Ordbrown. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed. Very good condition. 'This collection of African tales and legends, have as their background the remote regions of Zululand, Botswana and the Lowveld, where the African children are in close contact with birds, plants and animals. The aloe, the sugar-cane, the water-lily and the tick bird are so much a part of the African way of life that they take on human characteristics, and this way influence the lives of "the naughty picannin" or the "brave warrior", as in the case of the Aloe, that protects a whole tribe from its enemies.' .

$9.95

Red Blanket Valley

By Broster, Joan

(Johannesburg: Hugh Keartland Publishers, 1967). Signed by the author on the title page. 4to; pictorial boards; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. xi + (i) + 197 + (ii); photographs in colour and monochrome. Dustwrapper very slightly edgeworn, and sunned on spine panel; scattered, light foxing. Very good condition. "Mrs. Broster's first book is at once a fascinating account of seventeen years spent living and working among the amaQwathi tribe in the Transkei as well as an absorbing description of the daily life, with all its vicissitudes, endured by this most primitive tribe. Whilst running a trading store, inherited from her family, Mrs. Broster slowly but surely became accepted by the tribe and in the course of some years became their mentor, friend, counsellor, medical adviser and at all times the kindly helper to all who found themselves in trouble or perplexed by the intricacies of life in this twentieth century world. The amaQwathi, in return, accepted Mrs. Broster and her husband as one of them and revealed to them many previously unknown details of their beadwork, its nuances and meanings as well as much about their way of life and its ceremonies, initiations, rites and witchdoctor beliefs and practices." .

$39.80

South African Tribal Life Today

By Levitas, Ben (text), and Jean Morris (photographs)

(Cape Town: College Press, 1984) 0620063386. 4to; laminated pictorial boards; pp. 160; lavishly illustrated with full-colour photographs; some maps. Boards very slightly rubbed. Very good condition. "More than half the people of South Africa are effected by tribal values and customs. This book looks at various aspects of tribal life that are still practised. ... This book preserves for students, lay-readers and tourists, the remnants of a way of life which has almost completely disappeared." .

$8.62

Tales from the Malay Quarter

By du Plessis, I. D.

(Cape Town: Maskew Miller, 1945, 1st edition). Author's presentation inscription, signed with date, to half-title. English translation by Bernard and Elize D. Lewis. 4to; original grey cloth, blocked in red; upper panel and flap of original dustwrapper loosely inserted (as is a paper from 'Bantu Studies' relating to the Cape Malays); decorative endpapers; pp. 202, incl. glossary; full-colour frontis.; charming decorations and full-page illustrations by Nerine Desmond. Cloth partially sunned; some browning. Very good. "Some of the themes may be indigenous. Some are from the East, others from Europe; but all have a local colour which makes them a specific contribution to the world's dwindling stock of folk-tales. These stories have been recorded by a South African poet and author, winner of an Academy award for Poetry in 1937. ... Nerine Desmond, born in Cape Town and one of the Union's leading artists, ... has brought out strongly their link with the East." .

$16.58

Maasai

By Salvadori, Cynthia (photographs), and Andrew Fedders (text)

(London: Collins, 1973) 0002119471. 4to; original maroon boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 112; many photographs. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed, and sunned on spine panel; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "A true Maasai will not even consider breaking ground for cultivation purposes neither will he bury his dead or dig for water. He regards the raising of cattle as a sacred trust and is unsuited by habit and conviction to the acceptance of 'modern ways'. ... The two collaborators have succeeded in their attempt and in doing so have added further and invaluable details to our knowledge of these remarkable people." .

$6.63

Beads and Beadwork of East and South Africa
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Beads and Beadwork of East and South Africa

By Carey, Margret

(Aylesbury: Shire Publications, 1986) 0852637977. 210 x 150 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. 64, incl. index; map; several monochrome illustrations. Very slightly sunned and rubbed. Very good condition. "Beads have been used as currency and adornment since the earliest times. As Africa developed trade contacts, beads were imported from India and the east from as early as the first century AD and glass beads have been found in the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. Later, European traders brought beads by the shipload to buy gold, ivory and slaves. Such trade beads were made in Venice, Bohemia and Amsterdam. As beads became commoner they were used to make bead ornaments in increasing quantity and variety. The many types of beads and beadwork that occur in Africa, from the Sudan and the Horn of Africa through East Africa to South Africa and Namibia, are differentiated and described within their cultural setting in this book. Beadwork ornaments may be used as status symbols for royalty and important men or as part of the dress suitable for a young bride or a married woman. Zulu girls make bead ornaments (the 'Zulu love letters') for their young men; the messages are subtly conveyed by combinations of colours. Childless women decorate dolls with beads, hoping to get a real baby. Even everyday things - stools, gourds, snuff boxes, smoking pipes and musical instruments - are embellished with beads." .

$9.95

Art and Craft of Southern Africa. Treasures in Transition

By Levinsohn, Rhoda

(Johannesburg: Delta Books, 1984). Edited by Barbara LaVine. 4to; original pale green boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 144; profusely illustrated with colour and monochrome photographs; maps. Dustwrapper sunned on spine panel and a little foxed to reverse side; trace of foxing to top edge, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Very good condition. "Art and Craft of Southern Africa is a book of colour, history, and change. The baskets, pottery, bead-work and dress so richly illustrated and described are truly treasures, but treasures in transition. ... Can these traditional arts benefit from this renaissance of Western interest and withstand the pressures of acculturation; or are they dying and headed for extinction? In these pages, this question is for the first time explored in depth. What the future will bring remains to be seen." .

$23.22

Bunyoro. An African Kingdom

By Beattie, John

(New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1960) 0030047854. 233 x 153 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. ix + (iii) + 86; map; some photographs. Wrappers rubbed, partially sunned, and slightly curled; earlier owner's name signed on half-title; occasional fox spot. Good. A volume in the "Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology" series. "This book is many things. ... But most importantly, this book is a case study of contemporary social relations within a complex and changing East African society. The social behavior of the Nyoro is analyzed in various significant dimensions - at the level of political action and legal control, in relationships between neighbours and between man and the supernatural, and within the system of reciprocal kinship obligations. Dr. Beattie has provided us with an unusual combination of historical perspective and functional analysis of a social system." .

$6.63

Black Hamlet. The Mind of an African Negro revealed by psychoanalysis

By Sachs, Wulf

(London: Geoffrey Bles, 1937). 8vo; original black cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover; tinted top edge; no dustwrapper; pp. 280; frontis. Earlier owner's name, with date "July 1938" signed on front free endpaper; occasional fox spot. Good to very good condition. 'The author, a distinguished psychoanalyst at present practising in Johannesburg, was for purposes of research anxious to find a native who would be willing to become the object of a deep and protracted psycho-analytical study. In "John," the chief character of this book, he at last found such a person. ... In Black Hamlet perhaps for the first time, the soul of the negro is laid bare.' .

$6.63

My Eland's Heart: a collection of stories and art. !Xun and Khwe San Art and Culture Project
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My Eland's Heart: a collection of stories and art. !Xun and Khwe San Art and Culture Project

By Winberg, Marlene Sullivan

(Cape Town: David Philip, 2001) 0864863756. 270 x 213 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. (vi) + 136; lavishly illustrated with full-colour photographs and reproductions of artwork. Fine condition. "My Eland's Heart brings together the art and stories of seventeen !Xun and Khwe artists who live and work in South Africa. Members of two San communities that were displaced by decades of war in Angola and Namibia and recently resettled in the semi-desert of the Northern Cape, thse men and women belong to the !Xun and Khwe San Art and Culture Project. Their work is becoming increasingly well known and appreciated in both South Africa and abroad. This book showcases their astonishing art and sets it in the context of the lives, oral traditions and history of the communities. The vibrant paintings and craft will be a revelation for many, suggesting as they do the power of the imagination to transform and transcend even the harshest of circumstances." .

$39.80

Abantu. An Introduction to the Black People of South Africa

By West, Martin (author), and Jean Morris (photographer)

(Cape Town: Struik, 1984) 0869770578. 4to; original brown boards, lettered in white on spine and upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 184, incl. index; map; profusely illustrated with photographs in monochrome and full colour. Dustwrapper ever so slightly rubbed and a little foxed to reverse, with discreet archival tape repair to reverse of edge-tear. Very good condition. "Strictly speaking, the tribal people of Southern Africa have ceased to exist: so much is changing, so much has already been lost. Dr Martin West and Jean Morris have collaborated to create an image in words and pictures of what remains of the traditional African way of life in South Africa. All the major groups are described; their customs, rituals and dress are shown and the meanings discussed. This is a record of a way of life centuries old but now, inexorably, drawing to an end. It may well be that at some point in the future, all that will remain of this proud heritage will be its oblique reflection in the new emerging black society." .

$13.27

African Heritage

By Tyrrell, Barbara, and Peter Jurgens

(Johannesburg: Macmillan South Africa, 1983) 0869541161. 4to; original blue boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. 276, incl. index; beautiful full-page, colour illustrations by Barbara Tyrrell; line drawings in text. Occasional light foxing. Very good to near fine condition. "The heritage of the black peoples of Southern Africa is a rich and enormously varied one, deep rooted in the soil of the past but still a vital force in the present. Almost unaltered in the rural areas, it is, however, undergoing rapid change in the cities in reaction to contact with Western cultures, and is fast disappearing. In African Heritage a combination of text and pictures reveals the traditional beliefs, customs and ritual that shape the everyday lives of many of the black peoples in this region. Barbara Tyrrell's paintings represent a lifetime of study and travel. They capture the flavour of African life in vivid detail, the brilliance and colour of traditional dress, and the charged atmosphere of a ritual such as the python dance of the Venda, performed at night in the light of a leaping fire." .

$29.85

Understanding an African Kingdom: Bunyoro
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Understanding an African Kingdom: Bunyoro

By Beattie, John

(New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1965) 0030524652. 232 x 162 mm; wrappers; pp. xii + (ii) + 61; map. Wrappers rubbed, partially sunned, and slightly curled; earlier owner's name signed on half-title; some foxing. Good condition. "In Bunyoro: An African Kingdom (hereafter referred to as Bunyoro) I gave an outline account, based on twenty-two months of fieldwork, of the social and cultural life of the Banyoro or Nyoro, a Bantu people of western Uganda. Here I describe how that study was made. ... I hope that what I say may have some bearing on wider problems of research in traditional, centralized societies of comparable type." .

$6.63

Maasai

By Anonymous

(Nairobi: Consolata Fathers, no date). 240 x 168 mm; saddle-stitched wrappers; unpaginated (but pp. 28, excluding wrappers); liberally illustrated with photographs in colour and monochrome; map. Wrappers very slightly rubbed. Very good condition. Text in German, English, Italian. Excellent photographic studies of the Maasai, with much on their traditional way of life. .

$3.98

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