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Marine Votive Paintings in the Maltese Islands

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Marine Votive Paintings in the Maltese Islands

by A. H. J. Prins
Emeritus professor of Anthropology at the University of Groningen

WITH AN APPENDIX OF LINE DRAWINGS OF MALTESE SHIPES BY JOSEPH MUSCAT

First published in 1989 by Said International Limited, Valletta, Malta

ISBN 1 871684 15 3

BOOK DETAILS:

BOOK CONDITION: VERY GOOD MINUS - An illustrated card bound book (PB) covers rubbed on edges; top back edge is a little damaged in the middle but binding is tight and square. No inscriptions - Page block tight; pages and illustrations immaculate.

DIMENSIONS 172 mm. x 240 mm. x 14 mm. 206 pages. Weight unwrapped 0.48 kilo.
Weight adequately wrapped <0.75 kilo.

PRICE (GBP)£20.00 plus postage (Included for UK)

 

BACK COVER BLURB

IN PERIL ON THE SEA - Marine Votive Paintings in the Maltese Islands by A. H. J. Prins: A composite scanned image of the cover, front and back, and the spine intended to show the appearance and general condition.

The author, Prof. Dr. A.H.J. Prins, emeritus professor of Anthropology at the University of Groningen, was born in 1921, in the old Hanseatic town of Harderwijk on the Zuyderzee shore. His major field of interest has been maritime culture, including linguistic usage amongst seafaring people. After graduating at Utrecht he studied in London. Yet his theoretical orientation does not derive so much from the tenets of British social anthropology with its sociological implications as from German and Scandinavian approaches in which visible things and observed events are considered of primary importance in studying culture.

Marine Votive Paintings in the Maltese Islands by A. H. J. Prins: A  photograph intended to show the appearance and general condition.

His field researches, first in Kenya and on the Zanzibar coast, later in the Persian Gulf and in the Turkish and Syrian Levant, brought him in contact with Islamic workaday ethos and forms of worship, especially in connection with the life of shipwrights and seamen in maritime communities. In analysing his findings he shows a predilection for logic in which formal. or even mathematical ways of thinking are dominant. The present analysis shows this trend in his application of permutation theory to marine painting without presupposing any mathematical knowledge amongst his readers: It is probably the first time in. history that a museum exhibition on religious art is based on mathematical consideration.

His major contributions to maritime studies include a Bibliography on the history of his native town (Harderwijk 1960), a study of the Swahili-speaking people of the East-African coasts (London 1961;2nd ed. 1967), a Swahili Nautical Dictionary (Dar es Salam 1970), his well-known 'Sailing from Lamu (Assen 1965) and, more recently, the Handbook of Sewn Boats, a comparative ethnological and archaeological study of early ship-building practices all over the world (London 1986). An outline of his formal culture theory is given in his farewell address to his University, under the title 'Copernican Culture Theory' (in Dutch; Assen 1984) in which general laws of culture change are proposed.

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On his retirement his pupils honoured him with a Festschrift in which his collected essays on Maritime Anthropology are brought together, at least in so far as written in English. Some of his contributions, notably those in German or Dutch, have not been included.

 

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Background addapted from the dustwrapper of Vice-Admiral Gordon Campbell's "Abandon Ship".