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Bent (J. Theodore)

RUINED CITIES OF MASHONALAND

Being a Record of Excavations and Exploration in 1891. With a chapter on the Orientation and Mensuration of the Temples by R.M.W. Swan

Published: London, 1892

Stock Number: #5627/1

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376 pages, 8vo (230 x 150 mm), folding map as frontispiece and four other maps and plans (2 folding), 12 plates, numerous illustrations in the text, original blue cloth with a gilt vignette of a Zimbabwe bird on the upper cover, neatly recased, some light foxing, edges uncut, overall a very good copy

Mendelssohn (Sidney) SOUTH AFRICAN BIBLIOGRAPHY volume 1 page 114 : 'Mr. Bent made a careful examination of the remains of the ancient buildings of Mashonaland, and was of the opinion that they were erected by Arabians, a race of North African explorers, whose civilisation must have been of a high order; he expressed great admiration for the beauty, solidity and intricacy of the masonry?.The author investigated the habits and industries of the Mashonas, and the work not only deals with Mr. Bent's archaeological researches, but serves as a pioneer book on Mashonaland under the Chartered Company?.