Item #13078 African Stories. Albert D. Helser, Franz Boas, Foreword.

African Stories

New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1930.

First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 223 pp, illustrated with line drawings by Oliver Whitwell Wilson. Brown pictorial cloth; no dust jacket. Private library stamp on title page and bookplate on front pastedown, brief gift inscription on front flyleaf; otherwise a lovely copy with minimal wear. Folklore of the Bura people of northeastern Nigeria. Say Boas in the introduction "Folk tales...are of particular interest because they illustrate with great clarity the mode of thought, the homely wisdom, and the ethical concepts of the people. In Africa, more than among other so-called primitive tribes, many a tale illustrates a proverb relating to the proper everyday behavior. The Negro is fond of moralizing by means of moralizing tales."

Item #13078

Price: $35.00

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