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Specimens of Bushman Folklore With an Introduction - Bleek, W.H.I., Ph.D. and L. - 1911. 
London: George Allen & Company, 1911. First English Edition. Very Good. Very Good +. lG. W. Stow copies of Bushman drawings; color lithographs. Tall 8vo (*9" x 6"), green decorated cloth with gilt lettering on spine & image of a Bushman woman digging on the cover; 50 illustrations (colored lithographic frontispiece portrait & a few others in color) plus numerous fine copies in B&W by G. W. Stow of Bushman artistry, plus photographs to accompany folklore passages (phonetically transcribed from click-language); Introduction xl + 468pp. + ads. viii. Specimens of Bushman Folklore has been considered the cornerstone of study of the Bushmen and their religious beliefs (Wikipedia). Superb collection in Exceptional condition of--sadly--irretrievable folklore by humankind's common ancestral stock, the Bushmen. This collection is on an anthropological, historical, and literary par with the folklore that underlies Genesis and other ancient texts from the Ancient Near East such as those about Inanna, Enkidu, and Gilgamesh; or those from Ancient Egypt such as tales about Isis and Osiris, and oral traditions of certain African tribes.The authors, Dr. Bleek and L[ucy] Lloyd, were particularly concerned about the evils done to our delicate, small vanishing cousins--our living "ancestors"--and express sincerest gratitude to their principal informants, such as //KÃÂ¢bo (or "Dream") who appreciated that his people's heritage would be preserved. (Handsome //Kabo is memorialized in the volume's magnificent colored lithograph frontispiece.)A hefty volume, the book is relatively tight, remarkably unfoxed, bright, with only slight wear to the cover's extremities. Bookplate on front pastedown & tiny bookseller's label on ffe.This seminal text details 87 Bushman myths, legends, and stories which Dr. Bleek translated. These were collected through extensive interviews with six Bushmen (two of them, remarkably, women): //Kabo (Dr. Bleek's princpal guide and informant), A!kunta, /Han?kass'o, Dia/kwain, !Kweiten ta //ken [a woman], and XÃÂ¡ken-an [an old woman who contributed one piece, but felt she had to leave to be buried with her ancestors]. Dr. Bleek was expert in the very difficult Khoisan click-language, for which he also had prepared a comparative linguistic study. The transcriptions for the numerous examples are surprisingly easy to comprehend. (The author indicates that this seminal volume was only part of a larger collection of Bushman folklore which had been collected. Hopefully, others will one day publish same.)Partial Table of Contents: Preface by L. C. Lloyd; Contents: The Mantis assumes the form of a Hartebeast; !gaunu-tsaxau (the son of the Mantis), the Baboons, and the Mantis; The Story of the Leopard Tortoise; The Children are sent to throw the sleeping Sun into the Sky; The Origin of Death; preceded by a Prayer addressed to the Young Moon; The Moon is not to be looked at when Game has been shot; The Girl of the Early Race, who made Stars; The Great Star, !gaunu, which, singing, named the Stars; What the Stars say, and a Prayer to a Star; !ko-g!nuing-tara, wife of the Dawn"s-Heart Star, Jupiter; The Son of the Wind; #kÃÂ¡gÃÂ¡ra and !haunu, who fought each other with Lightning; The Hyena"s Revenge (First Version)...The Lion Jealous Of The Voice Of The Ostrich; The Resurrection of the Ostrich... ÃÂ Other categories include: Legends, Poetry, Natural & Personal History, Customs and Superstitions, an extensive Appendix on translation, water, punishments, snakes; and a fine Index.
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