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SA Auction #94 begins on 30 Sep 2021

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Lewis Williams, David and Thomas Dowson

Images of Power. Understanding Bushman Rock Art (1989)

Published: Southern, Johannesburg, 1989

Edition: First

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The authors of this landmark work were the first to show in words and images that the art of the Southern African Bushmen - \"once despised and considered by many Westerners to be on the lowest rungs of human evolution\" - was not only on a higher level than the Upper Palaeolithic art found the French and Spanish caves of Lascaux and Altamira, but that \"its symbolism and subtlety can readily be discussed alongside any of the great periods of Western art [including the Italian Renaissance, the Flemish masters and the French impressionists].\"

The book\'s production does full justice to its content - including heavy matt art paper for the monochrome and two-colour sections and the same weight of gloss art for the full-colour section.

The lamination of the full-colour (price-clipped) dustjacket is creased, especially at the back, but this hardly detracts from its striking appearance. The brown paper-boards, white lettered on the spine, are in near-original condition, with very slight rubbing at the head and foot of the spine and at the two lower corners. The two-colour printed endpapers are unmarked and fine. The xii + 196 pp of text, illustrations, appendixes and index are unmarked and fine.

A very attractive copy.


  • Jacket Condition: Very Good
  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Near Fine
  • Size: 245 x 185
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
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