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Auction #115 begins on 30 May 2024

Stern (Irma)

ZANZIBAR (Number 131 of 150 signed copies)

Published: Van Schaik, Pretoria, 1948

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104 pages, tipped in frontispiece, full page and other illustrations throughout, booksellers ticket on the half title page, original raffia back with cloth covered boards. The raffia back back is in unusually good condition and the cloth sides are unfaded and bright, a fine copy.

This is no 131 of 150 specially bound copies out of a limited edition of 500 copies. Signed by Irma Stern on the limitations page.

‘Stern visited in Zanzibar in 1939 and 1945. The island offered her access to a way of life she had glimpsed in her contact with the Cape Malays. In 1942, seemingly oblivious of the War, she ventured into central Africa. ….In Zanzibar Arabs and the Mangbetu and Watussi of the Congo Stern found the models she sought; she responded to the colour and exoticism of these cultures although she saw the people in simplistic terms and was guilty of fatuous and patronizing statements about their life styles. It is as if she was unable to see life in any terms other than the visual.’

‘Notwithstanding her verbal difficulties, Stern could produce vivid word pictures and, writing as she would paint, she created Congo (1943) and Zanzibar (1948) using energetic sentences pulsing with her romantic response to Africa.’ Arnold (Marion) Irma Stern: A Feast for the Eye, (Fernwood Press, 1995) pages 13 &21.

  • Overall Condition: A Fine Copy
  • Size: 4to (265 x 220 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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