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DAWN OF ART: THE CHAUVET CAVE, THE OLDEST KNOWN PAINTINGS IN THE WORLD: Chauvet, Jean-Marie, ...

DAWN OF ART: THE CHAUVET CAVE, THE OLDEST KNOWN PAINTINGS IN THE WORLD

Chauvet, Jean-Marie, Eliette Brunel Deschamps and Christian Hillaire

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ISBN 10: 0810932326 / ISBN 13: 9780810932326
Published by HARRY N. ABRAMS, LONDON, 1996
Condition: FINE / NEAR FINE Hardcover
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OVERSIZED, 10.5 x 12". Translated from the French "La Grotte Chauvet." From the dust jacket, "In December 1994, in the Ardeche Valley of southeast France, three explorers chanced upon the hidden entrance to an underground cavern. Digging away the rubble, they made their way through a narrow passage into a vast cave, and there made one of the most thrilling discoveries of modern times: The Chauvet cave, named for one of the discoverers, which had been untouched for thousands of years. It was filled with Stone Age cave bear skeletons and footprints, the blackened remains of fires, and, most importantly, walls covered with more than three hundred extraordinary paintings and engravings of animals." The narrative is first-hand and stirring, the photographs are astounding and clear. 135 pp. Slightest wear to book and DJ edges. 2 x 3" area on lower front panel of DJ that got torn and creased, now smoothed out and taped back together, unseen, on the inside of DJ. New protective plastic covering to DJ. Gilt lettering to spine, brown cloth-covered boards. Clean, tight, bright. 94 fantastic photographs in full color. Bookseller Inventory # 66259

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Title: DAWN OF ART: THE CHAUVET CAVE, THE OLDEST ...

Publisher: HARRY N. ABRAMS, LONDON

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:FINE / NEAR FINE

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH.

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An intriguing study of the early evolution of human artistic endeavors focuses on recent discoveries in the Chauvet cave, Stone Age paintings and engravings of animals that are more than thirty thousand years old. BOMC Div. Natural Science Main.

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The 1990s have witnessed a sort of renaissance in cave art, thanks to new discoveries from the south of France. Previously, the oldest examples of human art were thought to have been painted 15,000 years ago. When these three spelunkers-turned-authors happened upon the Chauvet cave (named after one of them), however, they visited an underground art gallery that had been closed for 30,000 years. It's still inaccessible today, except to specialists. But this wonderful book of pictures and text allows virtual tourists to appreciate the creations of our remotest ancestors. This may be primitive art in the literal sense of the term, but it's remarkably sophisticated.

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