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Books on Anthropology and Archiæology

Nature volume 135, pages 263264 (16 February 1935) | Download Citation



CATALOGUE No. 574 (Anthropology and Folklore-Archaeology and Ethnography) issued by Messrs. Francis Edwards, Ltd., 83 High Street, Marylebone, London, W.I, including both new and second-hand books, though, naturally, the latter predominate, contains just under a thousand items. On looking through the list, two points occur, one being the high average in the quality of the books from the point of view of the anthropologist, and secondly the fact that, with certain exceptions, the prices do not rule high. With regard to the first point, the subjects covered by the catalogue, it is almost needless to say, have been a happy hunting ground for the wilder theorist and speculation has been rife in their literature. It is evident that here on the whole a wide discretion has been exercised in selection. The question of price is no less interesting. It is not intended to convey that this catalogue is an exceptional opportunity for bargain hunters-although it would be possible to form from its pages an excellent nucleus of a reference library in anthropology at a very moderate price—but rather that the rarities, and even some of the older standard books which command a high price, are becoming increasingly rare. Among the items to be noted are some complete runs of scientific publications, such as the Folklore Society's publications and those of the Royal Anthropological Institute, some lengthy runs of Archceologia and a virtually complete set of the Journal of the African Society, of which certain numbers are now impossible to obtain, except by fortunate accident. A noteworthy item is Edge-Partington's ethnographic album of the Pacific, of which, it is thought, not more than half a dozen copies are now in existence in private hands.

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