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FOUCHÉ, Leo (ed.)

Mapungubwe. Ancient Bantu Civilization on the Limpopo.

Reports on Excavations at Mapungubwe (Northern Transvaal) from February 1933 to June 1935. Edited on behalf of the Archaeological Committee of the University of Pretoria.

Published: Cambridge: at the University Press, 1937

Stock code: 112203

Price: £175

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First edition. The excavations led by Fouché, a history professor at the University of Witwatersrand, demonstrated the existence of a sophisticated 13th-century southern African civilisation which rivalled, or may have even been a part of, the Kingdom of Zimbabwe (c.1220-1450); the discovery of gold, iron and glass artefacts also furnished incontrovertible evidence for an “Iron Age” in the region.

Large quarto. Original buff linen-backed blue paper boards, printed paper label to spine, titles within decorative frame to front board in black. With the dust jacket. Photographic colour frontispiece and 3 similar plates, 40 monochrome plates, 6 maps and plans of which 5 folding, 1 folding table. Contemporary South Africa bookseller’s ticket (Edison’s of Johannesburg) to front pastedown. Tips very lightly rubbed, edges spotted, folding table slightly rumpled at fore edge. An excellent copy in the price-clipped dust jacket with a neat tear up the front joint, a chipped spine panel and a lightly marked rear panel.

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