Art of the Northwest Coast Indians
Publisher: University of California Press
xvi+241 pages with 279 plates, including frontispiece, some in color and bibliography. Quarto (11 1/4" x 8 1/4") issued in white cloth and red lettering to spine red pictorial to cover. From the library of Dr James S Griffith. 1st edition.
Here is the most complete general collection illustrating the art of the Northwest Coast Indians ever published. The art objects shown and described in this book are to the anthropologist and the artist what original documents are to the historian. Each individual work of art shows in concrete form the speculations about life and nature which took root among these primitive peoples. A such they form part of the vast mosaic of culture patterns of early North America. Prefacing the illustrations is a test divided into two parts. The first discusses the tribes, their social life, culture and religion. The second part deals with general aspects of primitive art, as well as the main features of the art of the Northwest Coast Indians. Inverarity describes and explains their consistent and highly developed use of symbols and formulas used in their skillful adaptation of designs.
Dr James S Griffith's stamp on front end paper, jacket with closed edge tears, spine ends and corners chipped, 4" closed tear at front head corner. A very good copy in a very good copy.
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