Breuil, Henri, Mary Boyle, and E. R. Scherz.
The White Lady of the Brandberg.
Seller ID: 2354S
Volume One of the Rock Paintings of Southern Africa. London: Trianon, 1955. Number 28 of a first edition, printed on rag paper signed by Henri Breuil limited to 100 copies (pp. 31, illustrations). Folio (37.5 x 29 cm) in original half leather over tan cloth, gilt titles, deckle edges. With a coloured frontispiece, a small map in text, 13 coloured plates (2 folding, images numbered I-XXII), and 5 collotype plates with photographs (1 folding, each plate with several photographs). The so-called "White Lady", a rock face painting near the foot of Brandberg mountain in Namibia, was discovered in 1918 by the German explorer Reinhard Maack. The book’s text describes the apparent origin of the painting and the researchers' excavation methods. The painting shows a ritual dance, and the drawing is in fact a representation of a male shaman. It was Henri Breuil (1877-1961) who coined the name "White Lady" and suggested a relation to paintings at Knossos— a bit of fanciful archaeology which implied a visitation by Mediterranean travelers (Maack suggested a warrior figure, but is was 1918 and there were still quite a few still around). Small abrasions to bottom edge and one tip, front hinge just starting; otherwise a Near Fine copy.
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