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28510: Corbett: Two new books in library: one rare, one brand new
From Bob Corbett
I've recently added a number of books to my Haiti library, and two are
rather noteworthy. The first is a quite scarce book, actually approaching
the designation of rare. It is George MacDonald Mulrain's book:
THEOLOGY IN FOLK CULTURE: THE THEOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF HAITIAN FOLK
RELIGION. The book appears to be a doctoral dissertation, and is 413
pages long, looking like typed pages, double spaced as a dissertation
would be. But it is actually published by Verlag Peter Lang, Frankfurt am
Main, Germany in 1984.
I have had this on my "most wanted list" for nearly 20 years and this is
the first copy I've ever been offered. I haven't read it yet -- and won't
even scan it during this period of the World Cup, but it's an exciting
addition to my library.
The second noteworthy book is a new art book, donated to my library by
Reynald Lally, and I am deeply appreciative noting that this isn't the
first book he's sent to me as a gift.
The book is a very large square book (square books are unusual), at least
a foot square. It is: ENCONTROS E REECONTROS NA: ARTE NAIF BRAZIL /
HAITI. It is just filled with marvelous color reproductions of works from
both Haiti and Brazil as the title suggests and the text is in French and,
I guess, Portuguese, but I'm not sure how to tell Portuguese from Spanish.
However, the cut lines with the reproductions are in those two languages
and English as well. This very large and beautiful book is about 160
pages long. For any of you interested in Haitian art I would suggest this
is a simply "must have" reference book.
I've also added a third book that is rather specially noteworthy, though
the section relevant to Haiti is rather small. The book is:
THE INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA by John R. Swanton. Washington, DC:
Government Printing Office, 1952. The book is just huge, and there is a
quite interesting section on the Arawak/Taino Indians.
This has been an extremely productive period of adding items to my library
since I purchased two small collections. As soon as the World Cup is over
I hope to update my "books for sale" list, which doesn't have any of the
new items yet, and I will then notify the list.