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Paris: Plon, 1993 Stock Code: 132941
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Inscribed by the author to anthropologist Raymond Firth

First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Raymond Firth warmest regards Levi-Strauss". Firth (1901-2002) was a prominent New Zealand anthropologist and student of Bronislaw Malinowski, whom he succeeded as Professor Anthropology at the London School of Economics in 1944, remaining there for twenty-four years. Lévi-Strauss admired Firth's work - he was particularly well known for his study of Maori culture - and contributed to the papers read at the celebration of Firth's life and works in 2004.

Look, Listen, Read "offers a striking modern continuation of the salon genre of art criticism. The book contains, among many other things, a series of excursions into literary criticism that intertwine literary and anthropological concerns in revealing ways" (Wiseman, p. 180). With chapters on Poussin's painting The Arcadian Shepherds, Rameau's opera Castor et Pollux, and Diderot's writings, plus essays on speech and music, sound and colours, and regarding objects, "Lévi-Strauss's analysis provides a valuable model of how to integrate the findings of neuroscience into an anthropological understanding, a question of much concern today" (ibid.). It was the last book to be published during his lifetime.

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Small quarto. Original laminated stiff card wrappers.


2 leaves reproducing paintings by Poussin in colour; 2 leaves reproducing sheet music from Rameau's Castor et Pollux.


Date neatly written in ink to bottom of half-title, "13.IX.93". Very occasional pen marks to contents. Light shelfwear, small crease to top corner of front cover, else a very good copy.


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