The Assassination of Shaka.


Shaka,forger of the Zulu people,despot,scourge of southern Africa,magnificent military tactician and spectacular lover,was brutally cut down by his half-brothers and closest adviser.But the myth of Shaka,in which history and tribal legend fuse-the myth of the illegitimate weakling of a lowly clan turned killer,hero,defender,empire builder and God-keeps living on.The story of Shaka’s rise and fall has been told before,but here an artist and a poet combine to work the Shaka drama in a rare and stunning medium.The authors 43 woodcut prints with Stephen Gray’s captions are an extraordinarily vital response to the Shaka phenomenon,and this is the block book they have made together.

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H/b in good clean illustrated boards,spine ends a little bumped,in a pictorial d/w,somewhat edge-worn and on the grubby side.Size 14×10 pp 50,inc notes on author and artist,bibliography,footnotes to plates,medium,fieldwork,biography,sources,43 coloured and b/w woodcutts,with supporting poetic text.Hinges strong.Binding good to firm.some light foxing to prelims and end papers,but nothing serious.Otherwise clean,bright and sharp throughout.An unusual book. A fair to v/g++ clean copy.


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