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(IRAN.) EMAMI, Karim, ed.

An Introduction to the Art of Black Africa.

Published: Tehran: the Soroush Press, 1977

Stock code: 110784

Price: £75

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First and only edition of this exhibition catalogue published in Tehran two years before the Iranian Revolution, with the febrile political climate reflected in the text: “The period of cultural certainty and isolation of the West and the intoxication of Westerners with the idea that they had created a perfect and permanent order of cultural, social and political values has come to an end … Iranian culture has always benefited from learning about … different cultures … And is with this in mind that we now turn our attention to Africa” (preface, pp. 13-14). Rare: no other copies traced; this copy from the library of noted Iranian bibliophile Cyrus Ghani, with his ownership inscription dated Tehran, 20 January 1978 the front free endpaper, and corresponding ink-stamps in Persian to the initial blank and rear wrapper panel verso.

Large quarto. Perfect-bound in original laminated light card wraps printed in black and white. Illustrated throughout from photographs. Wraps very lightly bowed with faint crease to lower outer corner of front panel, rear panel with a few small scuffs, edges toned. A very good copy.

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