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Exotic postcards : the lure of distant lands / by Alan Beukers ; introduction by Paul Theroux

Beukers, Alan

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ISBN 10: 0500543364 / ISBN 13: 9780500543368
Published by New York : Thames and Hudson, 2007
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An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new.; 208 pages; Physical desc. : 208 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm. "With 200 color illustrations. " Subjects: Postcards --Catalogs --Voyages and travels --Pictorial works. Summary: This album of over 200 century-old postcards takes the reader on a magical journey across the world in five travelogues, depicting the Orient, the Arab lands, Africa, the Americas and Oceania. These haunting postcards and the people they depict strike us with a special force today, vividly expressing a deep-seated connection with the land and customs that gave them their identities. The stories implicit in their eyes, their costumes and their postures act as a telling antidote to the rootlessness of our own times. 1 Kg. Bookseller Inventory # 154988

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Title: Exotic postcards : the lure of distant lands...

Publisher: New York : Thames and Hudson

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Haunting postcard images of the non-Western world from a century ago.

The antique postcards depicted here were acquired in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by Western tourists, business people, traders, and colonialists. The circumstances in which the cards were sent, and the details of those who sent them, are largely lost. Yet the audience for collecting them has enjoyed a spectacular growth in recent years and includes not only those with the collecting instinct or the desire to travel but also artists, photographic historians, fashion and jewelry specialists, and designers everywhere.

Once it was believed that by taking someone's portrait you stole that person's soul. Here, the human subjects have a powerful presence because they express a deep-seated connection with the land and customs that gave them their identities. Their stories are implicit in their eyes, their costumes, and their postures.

Reproduced with complete fidelity, these postcards take us on a magical journey across the world in five travelogues, depicting Asia, the Arab Lands, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. The book is introduced by one of the greatest and most successful travel writers of our time. 200+ color illustrations.

About the Author:

Alan Beukers, a well-known international fashion photographer who now lives in Portugal, has been collecting postcards for many years. Paul Theroux, an inveterate traveler for more than forty years, has written many best-selling novels and travel books.

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