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'Major Rock Paintings of Southern Africa'  (1979)
'Major Rock Paintings of Southern Africa'  (1979)
'Major Rock Paintings of Southern Africa'  (1979)
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'Major Rock Paintings of Southern Africa' (1979)

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From the publisher:
 
“Southern Africa is the richest treasury of Stone Age art in the world. Artist, conservationist, and mountaineer, R Townley Johnson has spent more than 25 years copying, with infinite precision – even to the very texture of the rock-face – over 1000 rock paintings, some of which have subsequently been defaced or destroyed.
 
Of the 106 rock paintings reproduced in this book, 60 have not been published previously and, of those that have not been published, few have been reproduced at all adequately until now. The variety and quality of these paintings will astonish those who may have seen only a few stereotyped silhouettes of rock paintings.” 
 
Edited by Dr Tim Maggs from the then Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg, this rare volume features rock art reproductions from South Africa and Namibia with accompanying texts.
 
33 x 34cm | 96 pages | hardcover
 
This signed and inscribed copy of Major Rock Paintings in Southern Africa is second-hand with a worn dustcover. The book is otherwise in good condition.
 
R Townley Johnson (b. 1991, Cape Town – d.1994) was a self-taught anthropologist. In 1940, he began recording the rock art he encountered when out rough camping in the Western Cape wilderness. In the Bainskloof mountains alone, he recorded 500 sites. Over the following three decades, he refined his technique of tracing to achieve a greater verisimilitude. Unlike other copyists of the time, Johnson was primarily concerned with reproducing the colours and textures of the rock face so that the viewer might experience something closer to the original paintings. His reproductions were featured in many exhibitions and published in two volumes, Rock Paintings of the South-West Cape and Major Rock Paintings of Southern Africa.