Hardcover - slightly worn dust jacket, but otherwise in great condition.
12" x 9.75", 617 pages, 9 detailed maps, bibliography, index of ethnic groups. Edited by Tom Phillips. Sections on Ancient Egypt and Nubia, (89 objects), Eastern Africa, (67 objects), Southern Africa, (48 objects), West Africa and the Guinea Coast,(142 objects), Sahel and Savanna,(60 objects), and Northern Africa, (67 objects). Published by Prestel, 1999.
The scope of this impressive book is nothing less than the art of the entire continent of Africa, from 3,000 years B.C. to the 20th Century. Nearly 500 works of art are depicted in color, and most items are of a very high quality, and well photographed. The item descriptions are excellent, and the text is informative and easy to read. For an overview of the myriad art forms of the whole continent, this book does as well or better than any publication I've seen. As is usual with Prestel publications, the quality of the paper, binding and presentation is excellent.