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Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY

By Jimmy Nelson

Published by teNeues. Large heavy hardback book with dust jacket. Folio (38 tal x 31 wide x 6cm thick). 488 pp. English text, 402 large colour plates of the stunning colour photographs captured by Nelson. A true masterpiece. A labour of love, and a visual feast of tribal peoples and their wonderful attire and surroundings. Just stunning!!

A fine copy with no faults, damage, writing etc. Very good throughout.

In his epoch-making book "Before They Pass Away", Jimmy Nelson captures the way of life of the last remaining peoples, who manage to maintain their traditional customs in a globalized world. The British photographer's epic portraits show these dignified heirs of centuries-old traditions in a proud spirit and in all their glory.

This panoramic view of the world's tribal cultures is a unique visual experience and, above all, an important historical document. The book shows the whole range of human experiences and the cultural manifestations over the centuries - and we are overjoyed to be able to present it in our autumn program.

Tribal cultures from all over the world are at the center of this historically significant volume. Especially in times of globalization, these societies cannot be valued highly enough because of their characteristic ways of life, arts and traditions. Its members live in harmony with nature, which has become a rarity in our modern age.

Jimmy Nelson presents us not only with breathtaking images of customs and artefacts, but also with sensitive portraits of people who have become custodians of a culture that they - and we - hope to pass on to future generations in all their glory becomes. Nelson captures every fine detail and every tiny nuance for posterity with his Laufboden large format camera and presents numerous scenes of this magnificent spectacle against the vivid backgrounds of the most untouched landscapes of our planet.

This historic volume showcases tribal cultures around the world. With globalization, these societies are to be prized for their distinctive lifestyles, art and traditions. They live in close harmony with nature, now a rarity in our modern era. Jimmy Nelson not only presents us with stunning images of customs and artifacts, but also offers insightful portraits of people who are the guardians of a culture that they - and we - hope will be passed on to future generations in all its glory. Nelson's large-plate field camera captures every intricate detail and fine nuance for posterity. What's more, this splendid pageantry is set against a vivid backdrop of some of the world's most pristine landscapes.


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Albert Angus Turbayne (1866–1940) was one of the most distinguished binding designers of the final decade of the nineteenth century, and worked in several styles. Some of his commissions took the form of elaborately tooled bindings in leather which were directed at the expensive tastes, while others, and those which have still have currency, were trade bindings for the modest (or middle-class) pocket.

Often linked to the Art and Crafts designs of William Morris, and credited as one of those who sought to improve public taste by promoting work of the highest quality, he is also viewed as a sophisticated proponent of Art Nouveau, whose bindings bear comparison with those of Laurence Housman and Charles Ricketts. Framed by Morris’s Kelmscott Press and the extravagance of Aubrey Beardsley, Turbayne occupies a complex position within the discourse of Victorian book design.

Famous among his contemporaries, and known principally for the ‘Peacock edition’ produced by Macmillan and Co. in the 1890s, Turbayne was hailed by critics as a ‘genius’ (J.S.R., p. 213). H. Orrinsmith, the art director of Burns and Co., described him in 1898 as a designer of exceptional ability, praising his bindings as those which ‘come nearest to perfection’ (Haslam, p.73). Other eulogies followed. Favourable reviews appeared in The Artist and The Sketch, The Inland Printer, The Art Journal and elsewhere, and his name was featured a selling point in advertisements for each new publication. This was an important development in a period when binding designers were mainly anonymous, and Turbayne’s achievements were promoted on both sides of the Atlantic. Impressive when placed on the shelf, it is quite likely that his books were purchased for the beauty of his covers rather than their contents; working within a long Victorian tradition, Turbayne’s editions were objects to be seen, not read, a fact attested by the unusually good condition of most of the surviving copies.

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