BETWEEN WORLDS: Interpreters, Guides, and Survivors
by Frances karttunen. B&W photo section.
Condition: UNREAD 1994 Rutgers University Press hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), assumed first printing.
Content: This is an important and interesting book for historians, IMHO. The author describes the lives of 16 men and women who acted as guides and interpreters for explorers, missionaries, and anthropologists. Included are Dona Marina, who interpreted for Cortes; Sacajawea, who traveled with Lewis and Clark; and Charles Eastman, who was a Sioux physician at Wounded Knee. Karttunen provides succinct biographies of the selected individuals and a final chapter of her own analysis. Her primary focus is exploring how each interpreter lived on the margins of two societies. She is particularly sensitive to gender and ethnic issues but does not address the linguistics of the work that these interpreters did. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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COLUMBUS: THE FOUR VOYAGES
by Laurence Bergreen. 2 B&W photo sections and one color photo section. Detailed maps and other era art throughout the book, as well.
Condition: NEW 2012 Viking hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing.
Content: Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history. Yet Columbus made three more voyages within the span of only a decade, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found there to Christianity. These later voyages were even more adventurous, violent, and ambiguous, but they revealed Columbus's uncanny sense of the sea, his mingled brilliance and delusion, and his superb navigational skills. In all these exploits he almost never lost a sailor. By their conclusion, however, Columbus was broken in body and spirit. If the first voyage illustrates the rewards of exploration, the latter voyages illustrate the tragic costs- political, moral, and economic.
In rich detail Laurence Bergreen re-creates each of these adventures as well as the historical background of Columbus's celebrated, controversial career. Written from the participants' vivid perspectives, this breathtakingly dramatic account will be embraced by readers of Bergreen's previous biographies. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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THE HIGHEST STAGE OF WHITE SUPREMACY: The Origins of Segregation in South Africa and the American South
by John W. Cell.
Condition: New 1992 Cambridge University Press Trade Paperback, reprint. Tiny edgewear & small, pale impression front cover. Interior perfect.
Content: An original and exciting work of comparative history, this book analyzes the origins of segregation as a specific stage in the evolution of white supremacy in South Africa and the American South. Unlike scholars who have attributed twentieth-century patterns of race relations to the continuation of earlier social norms and attitudes, Cell understands segregation as a distinct system and ideology of race and class division, closely associated with urbanization, industrialization, and modern processes of state and party formation. Originally advocated by moderates and liberals, rather than by racist fanatic with whom it later came to be identified, segregation became comparatively sophisticated, flexible, and absorptive. In its ambiguities even advocates of black power could sometimes find a basis for collaboration. An excellent insight into origins of racism. [1 copy available]
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HISTORIC FASHION FROM ARUND THE WORLD (CD-ROM & BOOK)
by Dover. Color art both in the book and on the CD.
Condition: NEW 2006 Dover soft cover, no printing given. Sealed CD in the back of the book.
Content: A magnificent panorama of fashion details what men and women of wealth were wearing from 1477 to 1868. Ninety-six full-color engravings depict dazzling, full-length portraits of such notables as Peter the Great, Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth I, the Doge of Venice, and a princess of Bavaria, to the less specific Japanese woman, Greek dancer, and North American Indian.Reviewer: ". . . offers a unique survey of more than 400 years of 'high fashion' ranging from the late fifteenth century to the mid-1800s as revealed in portraits by celebrated artists ranging from Durer and Titian to Rubens and van Dyck, making this an indispensable reference for students of fashion history, commercial artists, and costume designers". [1 copy available]
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MAPS AND HISTORY: Constructing Images of the Past
by Jeremy Black. Color and B&W maps and illustrations.
Condition: NEW 1997 Yale University Press hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first priting.
Content: Historical atlases offer an understanding of the past which is invaluable to historians, not only because they convey a previous age's sense of space and distance but also because they reveal what historians and educators of those periods thought important to include or omit. This book - the first comprehensive and wide-ranging account of the historical atlas - explores the role, development and nature of this important reference tool and discusses its impact on the presentation of the past. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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SACRED JOURNEYS IN A MODERN WORLD
by Roger Housden. Beautiful color photos of the sites.
Condition: UNREAD 1998 Simon & Schuster hardcvoer & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. DJ shows edgewear top edge.
Content: Housden takes us on a "sacred" journey to: St. Catherine's in the Sinai; New York; the Sahara; The Ganges; Big Sur; Konya; and Africa. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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SEX IN HISTORY
by Reay Tannahill (Food in History). B&W illustrations.
Condition: UNREAD, BUT NOT PERFECT, 1992 Scarborough large soft cover (490 pages), revised & updated edition. Problem: shelfwear diagonal crease bottom front cover corner - you know when some idiot shoves a book back on the shelf where there is no room for it - that's what caused this crease.
Content: Sanity on the subject of sex is all too rare; wit is in even shorter supply; and an engaging style is about as commonplace as eyebrows on an egg. Reviewer: "Tanahill's writing is witty,interesting, and unbiased. She addresses the history of sexuality in almost every country and culture (not just Europe, which is what usually happens) and gives a history of humankind, from the Neolithic Revolution to the 1980s. It's well-researched and incredibly informative, filled with facts about gender roles and sexuality (and how this affects everything else in a society) throughout time." Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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TRIBAL RUGS: A Buyer's Guide
by Lee Allane. Color photos of the rugs.
Condition: NEW 1996 Thames & Hudson large soft cover, no printing given.
Content: The distinctive rugs still made by many peoples of tribal origin in Asia, the Americas and North Africa have become widely sought after for their decorative and fuctional role in enlivening today's interiors. This comprehensive guide contains independent advice for the buyer. It explains what tribal rugs are, and exactly how they are made, discussing how weaving techniques, tools and material affect their character and quality. It offers advice on how to buy a rug from choosing the right one to value for money. The cultural context in which these various rugs are made is explored, with descriptions of the different ethnic weaving groups, and sections on their historical, religious and cultural backgrounds. Covers Asia, North Africa, and Native America. Questions welcome. [1 copy availaable]
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THE WAR AGAINST THE AMAZONS
by Abby Wettan Kleinbaum. B&W photos & drawings illustrate.
Condition: UNREAD 1983 McGraw-Hill hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Light shelfwear to DJ edges. Interior clean & tight.
Content: A look at male-dominated society and the methods they have used to dominate women - as seen through the metaphor of the ancient Amazons. [1 copy available]
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ANTIQUE MAP WITH MEDIEVAL SCHOONER
art by Sergiy Lukutin.
Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get anywhere else. 3.5" wide x 4.0" high.
Content: Antique map with what appears to be 5-sail medieval ship sailing the waters from the English Channel on to the south. (With I knew more about ships.) We can personalize your bookplate (the font is CloisterBlack BT) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us.
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