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Ishmael

Baird, James

Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 1956
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. xxviii, 445 (1) pp, introduction, acknowledgments, a note on documentation and translation; Part I. The Nature of Recent Primitivism: 1. Primitivism and Culture Failure; II. Perditia: The Volcanic Center. Part II. Ishmael -- The Westward Mariner: 3. Melville's Pacific Voyages: An Evaluation; 4. The Perpetuity of Ishmael. Part III. Avatars -- Symbols of Reincarnation from the Orient: 5. Obsession with the Primeval East; 6. Puer Aeternus; 7. Polynesian Ethos; 8. Whitness; 9. Shadows and Erotic Symbils; 10. Tree and Cross; 11. The Dragon Whale. Part IV. Images from the Urwelt -- The World beefore Civilization: 12. The Sea and Aqueous Images; 13. Original Nature. Part V. Entombment -- Christianity Revisited: 14. The Infernal City; 15. The Holy Sepylchre; index. First Edition, 1956. "This book is an inquiry into the relationship of primitive art and symbolism to contemporary religious consciousness; of how Oriental and Oceanic influence chanbged the course of Western literature. The experience of Western artists in the South Seas and in the Orient are examined here as forces shaping a new form of symbolism in the art of our world. The major influences are within the currents and tidal changes constantly moving through the realm of artistic expression. The author, who has a first-hand knowledge of the Orient and of Polynesia and Micronesia, considers the question through his own theory of art symbol as applied to the work of some twenty American, British and French authors who sought to understand the West through a study of the East. Among writers such as Emerson, Gaugin, Verhaeren, Stevenson and others, Herman Melville assumes pre-eminent importance as a contributor to a system of symbols referring to the cultures of the Orient." from the jacket flap. Price clipped. Inked name on ffep. 1/2" clip along top edge spine dj with small chips to corners and bottome edge spine, and some closed tears 1/4" to 3/4". Only the faintest age-toning to text block edges, else, Pristine, no wear. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Light-green cloth with black symbolic motif on front board, and black and brown lettering to spine. Size: Large 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 004141

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Title: Ishmael

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

Publication Date: 1956

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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