The Ban of The Bori, Tremearne, A. J. N., Major – First Edition

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The Ban of The Bori: Demons and Demon-Dancing in West and North Africa, Tremearne, A. J. N., Major. Published by Heath Cranton & Ouseley,, London, (1914). First Edition. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 504 pages including index and 6 pages of rear publisher’s ads. Color frontispiece and 32 plates containing 60 photos with 47 in text drawings. Brown cloth boards with black stamped illustration to front and spine; black titles front; gilt titles to spine. In good plus condition with moderate bumping and rubbing to boards and light fading. Tiny bookdealer’s label to front pastedown and 2 small inked numbers to rear pastedown; spotting to outer edges and light to moderate foxing to pages. Frontispiece with tissue guard is present but detached; remainder of contents appear firmly held.
Arthur John Newman Tremearne (1877-1917) was a British major, barrister, anthropologist, ethnologist and African explorer who wrote important ethnographical works about the inhabitants of northern Nigeria and the Hausa. He was killed in action at Loos in 1917. The Ban of The Bori is a pre-WWI study of popular religion and folklore of North Africa with a emphasis on regions around Tunis and Tripoli.