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  • Vulthari bya vatonga (Matshangana) / The Wisdom of the Tonga-Shangaan People by Junod, Henri Phillippe and Alexandre A. Jaques
    Junod, Henri Phillippe and Alexandre A. Jaques
    Vulthari bya vatonga (Matshangana) / The Wisdom of the Tonga-Shangaan People

    First Edition

    Cleveland, Transvaal (Pretoria?): (Central Mission Press), [1936]. 285, [1] pages. Published with the assistance of a grant made by the Carnegie Corporation through the Research Grant Board, Union of South Africa. A collection of Tonga, Tswa, and Ronga proverbs, riddles, and proverbials names. 892 proverbs, plus names and nicknames and riddles answered with one word. In Tonga (or Tsonga) and English on facing pages. The authors were Swiss missionaries in South Africa. Scarce. ISBN: 281AIB1031280.

    First edition (first printing). Early ownership name of the character actor and Hollywood dialect coach Robert Easton, else near fine. Dated on the binding.

    Book ID: 141447
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  • Au pays de samba diouf: Proverbes africains by Tharaud, Jerome and Jean; illustrated by Mary-Morin
    Tharaud, Jerome and Jean; illustrated by Mary-Morin
    Au pays de samba diouf: Proverbes africains

    First Edition

    Paris: Editions Radot, 1927. 9 by 11 inches. 12 leaves, including 3 pages of text followed by 30 individual poichoirs after watercolors by Mary-Maurin of Senegal and the Sudan. Each illustration is captioned in French with an African proverb. Published in an edition of 250 copies. Uncommon. ISBN: 281AIB1040907.

    First edition (first printing). Fine sheets in a blue folding portfolio. Lacking the original decorative outer sleeve, as usual. Copy 174 of 250.

    Book ID: 206618
    Keywords: Africa, Collectible, Novelty
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  • Miscast: Negotiating the Presence of the Bushmen by Skotnes, Pippa (edited)
    Skotnes, Pippa (edited)
    Miscast: Negotiating the Presence of the Bushmen

    First Edition

    Cape Town, South Africa: University of Capetown Press, 1996. 383 pages. 9 by 11-1/2 inches. Illustrated through out. An important museum exhibition monograph.

    Skotnes, an art professor and book artist, curated a major exhibition about the San, the "Bushmen" of South Africa. The intent of the exhibit at the South African National Gallery was to critique the previous portrayal of the San people in museums and in print. The exhibit drew considerable criticism as many visitors and scholars felt that showing earlier, racist depictions was more harmful than explanatory. See, for example, the extensive commentary on the exhibition in Cultural Tourism and Identity: Rethinking Indigeneity, edited by Keyan G. Tomaselli; San Representation: Politics, Practice and Possibilities, edited…

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    Cape Town, South Africa: University of Capetown Press, 1996. 383 pages. 9 by 11-1/2 inches. Illustrated through out. An important museum exhibition monograph.

    Skotnes, an art professor and book artist, curated a major exhibition about the San, the "Bushmen" of South Africa. The intent of the exhibit at the South African National Gallery was to critique the previous portrayal of the San people in museums and in print. The exhibit drew considerable criticism as many visitors and scholars felt that showing earlier, racist depictions was more harmful than explanatory. See, for example, the extensive commentary on the exhibition in Cultural Tourism and Identity: Rethinking Indigeneity, edited by Keyan G. Tomaselli; San Representation: Politics, Practice and Possibilities, edited by Keyan Tomaselli; and Images and Empires: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa, edited by Paul S. Landau. ISBN: 9780799216523.

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    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Inscribed by the author to Stephen Jay Gould, who wrote the introduction to the first book from Skotnes's Axeage Private Press.

    From the Harvard office library of the paleontologist and leading advocate for evolution, Stephen Jay Gould. With a tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance.

    Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay "A Seahorse for All Races" Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: "Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book."

    We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.

    Book ID: 215851
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  • Ohabolana, or Malagasy Proverbs, Illustrating the Wit and Wisdom of the Hova of Madagascar. Parts I and II by Houlder, J. A
    Houlder, J. A
    Ohabolana, or Malagasy Proverbs, Illustrating the Wit and Wisdom of the Hova of Madagascar. Parts I and II

    First Edition

    Faravohitra, Antananarivo, Madagascar: Friends' Foreign Missionary Association, 1915-1916. 146, iii; 141, v , iv pages. Part I: 1236 proverbs; Part II: 1080 proverbs, and 100 Betsimisaraka proverbs with equivalents in Hova Malagasy. The Hova were the middle caste in the Kingdom of Merina in Madagascar, situated between the slaves and the nobles. This collection of proverbs is presented in the Malagasay language, along with English equivalents and in French translations by Henri Noyer. OCLC locates a handful of copies under a few different item numbers. A scarce book of African proverbs; Madagascar imprints are uncommon. ISBN: B0008AQA1K.

    First edition (first printing). Two volumes bound in one. Red cloth over paper-covered boards. Printed paper label. Spine slightly faded, corners worn, else very good or better. Bookplate on inside front cover. Possibly a publisher's binding.

    Book ID: 200918
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  • Wise Sayings of Liberia by Bloomquist, Norma (compiler)
    Bloomquist, Norma (compiler)
    Wise Sayings of Liberia

    First Edition

    Monrovia, Liberia: National Literacy Campaign, Department of Public Instruction, 1953. 52 pages. Illustrated with vignettes by Blanche Britte. A collection of proverbs, presented in literal English translation from the oral Kpelle, followed by English explanations. The proverbs were collected in the Formah Chiefdom and originally published in two small pamphlets, which were combined into this single volume. An edition of 1200 copies, and quite scarce. Ms. Bloomquist was an American missionary from the United Lutheran Church. ISBN: 281AIB1039824.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in wrappers (paperback). The first printing is not recorded in OCLC.

    Book ID: 201956
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  • Biafra Goodbye by Gold, Herbert
    Gold, Herbert
    Biafra Goodbye

    First Edition

    San Francisco: Twowindows Press, 1970. 45 pages. This story of Gold's trip Biafra originally appeared in Harper's Magazine. Limited edition, 1/1100. Cover art by Satty. ISBN: B000MZ63Y0.

    Signed by the author on title page. Limited edition, #2/100 copies in flexible leather wrapper. First edition (first printing). A very good copy in illustrated wrappers. The sewing of the monograph to the leather covers has come loose.

    Book ID: 263005
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  • Wa dia fua yika dio: Proverbes des Balari by Diebold, P. M.
    Diebold, P. M.
    Wa dia fua yika dio: Proverbes des Balari

    First Edition

    (Brazzaville, Congo): Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, (n.d. but 1950s?). 120 pages. Proverbs in the Laadi dialect, with French translations. OCLC locates three copies, one in the US, at Duke. ISBN: 281AIB1031339.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in wrappers (paperback).

    Book ID: 141578
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  • Stories in the Bondei Language with Some Enigmas and Proverbs by Woodward, H. W. (editor)
    Woodward, H. W. (editor)
    Stories in the Bondei Language with Some Enigmas and Proverbs

    First Edition

    London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, (n.d. but 1894?). 59 pages. 4 by 6-1/2 inches. An early literary work in this Bantu family language spoken on the coast of Tanzania. ISBN: 281AIB1034758.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy of cloth wrappers. Bookplate of proverb collector Victor de Guinzbourg on the front pastedown.

    Book ID: 161049
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  • Proverbes, legendes et contes Fang by Trilles, H.
    Trilles, H.
    Proverbes, legendes et contes Fang

    First Edition

    Imprimerie Paul Attinger, 1905. 247 pages. Extrait due Bulletin de la Societe Neuchateloise de Geographie, vol. XVI. Proverbs in the Bantu language of the Fang people of Gabon, in Bantu and French. Scarce. ISBN: 281AIB1031336.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in wrappers (paperback). Bookplate of proverb collector Victor de Guinzbourg, the adhesive of which has bled through the wrappers. Wear to the wrapper extremities, else very good.

    Book ID: 141574
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  • Fez, ciudad santa de los árabes (Notas de un viaje al Norte de África) by Fez, ciudad santa de los árabes; notas de un viaje al Norte de África
    Fez, ciudad santa de los árabes; notas de un viaje al Norte de África
    Fez, ciudad santa de los árabes (Notas de un viaje al Norte de África)

    First Edition

    Mexico: Editorial "Cultura", 1927. 59 pages. The Guatemalan poet writes of his experience in Morocco in 1926. The book was recently reprinted in Guatemala and also translated into Polish. OCLC records six copies in three entries. ISBN: 281AIB1044535.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in wrappers (paperback). Pages unopened (intonso); short edge tear on title page.

    Book ID: 228636
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  • The Lost Treasure of Umdilla by Barnes, Annie M.
    Barnes, Annie M.
    The Lost Treasure of Umdilla

    First Edition

    New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1925. 224 pages. A novel about missionaries in Africa. Illustrated in black-and-white. ISBN: B001DQ56AE.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in a dust jacket with some loss to the spine ends not affecting text; tears to the spine fold repaired on the verso with clear tape. Book plate on front free endpaper.

    Book ID: 262165
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  • A New Light Thrown Across the Keep it Quite Darkest Africa: A Satirical and Humorous Sketch by Burnand, F. C.
    Burnand, F. C.
    A New Light Thrown Across the Keep it Quite Darkest Africa: A Satirical and Humorous Sketch

    London: Trischler and Company, [1891]. 176 pages plus ads. Includes a two-page spread design for spoof board game about Henry Morton Stanley, the African explorer. ISBN: B011W9C884.

    "Fifteenth thousand." Probably a second or three printing, undated, but early 1890s. An attractive copy in the publisher's cloth.

    Book ID: 209241
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  • [Tatsuniyoyi na Hausa] Hausa Tales and Traditions, Volume III: An English Translation of Tatsuniyoyi Na Hausa, Originally Compiled by Frank Edgar by Skinner, Neil (translated and edited by)
    Skinner, Neil (translated and edited by)
    [Tatsuniyoyi na Hausa] Hausa Tales and Traditions, Volume III: An English Translation of Tatsuniyoyi Na Hausa, Originally Compiled by Frank Edgar

    (Madison): The University of Wisconsin Press, 1977. 368 pages. Reproduced from typescript. A new translation of a collection of traditional Hausa folklore and proverbs, collected around the turn of the 20th century by Edgar from informants and Arabic manuscripts. ISBN: 9780299074609.

    A very good hardcover copy; no dust jacket, probably as issued.

    Book ID: 141444
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  • La langue Kisonge: Grammaire, vocabulaire, proverbes by Samain, A.
    Samain, A.
    La langue Kisonge: Grammaire, vocabulaire, proverbes

    First Edition

    Bruxelles [Brussels]: Goemaere, Imprimeur du Roi, 1923. 152 pages. Text in French and Songe (also called Songye, Kisonge, Lusonge, Yembe, and Northeast Luba), a Bantu language of the Congo. ISBN: 281AIB1031364.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Bookplate of Victor de Guinzbourg, a collector of proverbs.

    Book ID: 141683
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  • Hausa Superstitions and Customs: An Introduction to the Folk-Lore and the Folk by Tremearne, A. J. N. [Arthur John Newman]
    Tremearne, A. J. N. [Arthur John Newman]
    Hausa Superstitions and Customs: An Introduction to the Folk-Lore and the Folk

    (London): Frank Cass & Co. Ltd, 1970. 548 pages. Stories from the pre-Islamic and Islamic period of pre-Colonial West Africa. Illustrated with black-and-white drawings, photo reproductions and a fold-out maps. Reprint of the 1913 edition, with new introduction by Mervyn Hiskett. ISBN: 9780714617299.

    A very good copy in a very good dust jacket that has a closed tear at one corner.

    Book ID: 132159
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  • Hausa Superstitions and Customs: An Introduction to the Folk-Lore and the Folk by Tremearne, A. J. N. [Arthur John Newman]
    Tremearne, A. J. N. [Arthur John Newman]
    Hausa Superstitions and Customs: An Introduction to the Folk-Lore and the Folk

    (London): Frank Cass & Co. Ltd, 1970. 548 pages. Stories from the pre-Islamic and Islamic period of pre-Colonial West Africa. Illustrated with black-and-white drawings, photo reproductions and a fold-out maps. Reprint of the 1913 edition, with new introduction by Mervyn Hiskett. ISBN: 9780714617299.

    Second printing (first printing was 1913). Previous owner's name inside, else a near fine hardcover copy in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with a tanned spine.

    Book ID: 141485
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  • Le petit dahomeen: Grammaire, vocabulaire, lexique en langue du Dahomey by Alapini, Julien
    Alapini, Julien
    Le petit dahomeen: Grammaire, vocabulaire, lexique en langue du Dahomey

    First Edition

    (Avignon): Les Presses Universelles, 1950. 284 pages. A treatise on the Fon language, spoken in what is now Benin. Explanatory text in French (Dahomey was a French territory before independence). This book was reprinted a number of times. ISBN: 281AIB1039611.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback). With the original glassine protective wrapper.

    Book ID: 200915
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  • Proverbes Mongo by Hulstaert, G.
    Hulstaert, G.
    Proverbes Mongo

    First Edition

    Tervuren, Belgium: Commission de Lenguistique Africaine, 1958. 828 pages. 2670 proverbs followed by a short index by subject. Mongo is a Bantu language spoken in Congo. ISBN: B001WAXUXG.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in wrappers (paperback). A large, heavy book.

    Book ID: 200922
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  • La technique de la conception de la vie: Chez les Malgaches revelee par peurs proverbs by Dama-ntsoha
    Dama-ntsoha
    La technique de la conception de la vie: Chez les Malgaches revelee par peurs proverbs

    Tananarive, Madagascar: Masoandro, (n.d. but ca. 1957?). 107 pages. More than 1800 proverbs from Madagascar, in French translation (only). Selected from Ny Ohabola-nny Ntaholo (1918). With much opinionated commentary. This edition is undated, corresponding to one copy in OCLC. Most holdings are for a dated 1957 edition. Whether this is early or later, your humble cataloguer cannot say. ISBN: 281AIB1039934.

    Bookplate on inside front cover, else very good in wrappers (paperback).

    Book ID: 202280
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  • Seleccao de proverbios e adivenhas em Umbundu by Valente, Jose Francisco
    Valente, Jose Francisco
    Seleccao de proverbios e adivenhas em Umbundu

    First Edition

    Lisboa: (Junta de Investigacoes do Ultramar), 1964. 221 pages. Text in Umbundu (a language of Angola) and Portuguese. ISBN: B000UWOUK4.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback).

    Book ID: 141684
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