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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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Eugène Marais was born in a farming community near Pretoria in 1872. Journalism was his first career, but he later studied law in London, and by 1910 was in Johannesburg trying to establish himself as an advocate. Increasing depression drove him to retreat to Waterberg, a mountain fastness in northern Transvaal. Settling near a large group of chacma baboons, he became the first man to conduct a prolonged study of primates in the wild. It was this period that produced My Friends the Baboons and provided the major inspiration for The Soul of the Ape. He returned to Pretoria to practise law, to resume his career as a journalist, to continue his animal studies and to write poetry in Afrikaans. In 1926, the year after he had published a definitive article on his original research and conclusions about the white ant, a world-famous European author took half Marais's life-work and published it as his own. This plagiarizing may well have been a major factor in Marais's final collapse. Plagued for many years by ill-health and an addiction to morphine, he took his own life in March 1936.

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Text: English, Afrikaans (translation)

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