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The Soul of the White Ant

Marais, Eugène Nielen; Kok, Winifred De

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ISBN 10: 0224618717 / ISBN 13: 9780224618717
Editorial: Jonathan Cape & Anthony Blond, London, 1971
Condición: Very Good
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HB DJ 1st GB updated Ed. Originally published in Afrikaans under title:- Die Siel Van Die Mier. DJ clipped. Brown cloth boards, gilt titles spine. 22.1 x 14.4cm. 139 pages. Includes biographical note by author's son. Translated by Winifred de Kok. b/w photos + illusts. Eugene N Marais the S African scientist, poet & scholar died in 1936. He was a pioneer in the field of animal behaviour study. The Soul of the White Ant first published in 1937, is the result of Marais's 10 year study of the habits of termites or white ants. He puts forward the theory that termitary is a separate composite animal at a certain stage of development. In his fascinating investigation into the psyche of ants he proports that the termitary have a group soul, which leads to a universal soul which the ants and the entire natural world execute. Condition: DJ slight scuffing on edges. Age discoloured front and underside. Boards good colour, minor rub top/bottom spine + corners. o/p bottom left corner under flap original Foyles Bookshop label. Following o/p top right corner owner name. Outer edge of pages collectively age discoloured. Internally clean, v little wear, v good colour, tight binding. N° de ref. de la librería 001940

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Título: The Soul of the White Ant

Editorial: Jonathan Cape & Anthony Blond, London

Año de publicación: 1971

Ilustrador: W.V. Harris +

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Good

Edición: First.

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"The Soul of the White Ant" by Eugène Marais is a passionate, insightful account into the world of termites. It is a meticulously researched expose of their complex, highly structured community life. Originally translated into English in 1937, the quality of research remains as relevant today as it was when it was first published. This illuminating account will not only appeal to those with a scientific interest in termites, but will similarly enthral readers who are new to their captivating world. An exceptional feature of his detailed research is the extraordinary psychological life of the termite. While the studies are based in South Africa, the extensive research includes the termites of Magnetic Island, Australia. You will be taken on an exciting journey into the amazing life of termites, as their astonishing world of hierarchy and roles within their community is revealed in captivating detail. His years of unceasing work on the veld led Eugène Marais to formulate his theory that the termite nest is similar in every respect to the organism of an animal. He observed that the workers and soldiers resemble red and white blood cells, while the fungus gardens are the digestive organ. The queen functions as the brain, controlling the collective mind, and the sexual flight of the kings and queens is similar in every aspect to the escape of spermatozoa and ova. This is a new edition of this title. The text has been extensively re-edited for today's reader.

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Text: English, Afrikaans (translation)

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