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Title:Journey Down a Rainbow
Price:GBP£15.00 (about USD$18.80)
Book ID:B009-TVL00001
Publisher:Heinemann-Cresset, London, 1955
Edition:First Edition
Binding:Green Cloth
Condition:Very Good
Dust Jacket:Good
Heinemann-Cresset, 1955, Green Cloth, Book Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket Condition: Good, First Edition

gilt titles on black panel to spine; price-clipped D/J. with edge-wear to top & one small closed tear; "Mr. and Mrs. Priestley visited the American South-West in the late autumn of 1954 with a set purpose. What it was and how they achieved it, after they had parted company at Kansas City, is recorded here in a frank and very lively exchange of impressions and opinions. Their purpose, briefly, was to observe an reflect upon man, as a social animal, (i) in primitive society, a form of which still persists in New Mexico, (ii) in the booming technocracy of mid-twentieth-century Texas. Jacquetta Hawkes took the high road to the Mesa Verde, Zuni and Taos, exploring the ancient culture of the Pueblo and Navaho Indians, their arts and crafts and immemorial rites. J. B. Priestley took the low road to Dallas and Houston, investigating the neon-lighted noisy manifestations of a contemporary urban civilisation dominated by the automobile male and his material prosperity. The contrast between these two ways of life - the earliest and the Iatest - and the inferences to be drawn from their uneasy co-existence are strikingly presented in a collaboration which, for such a purpose, could not have been happier - that of an archaeologist, who is also a poet, and of a novelist, who is also a profoundly curious student of social psychology. It has produced, as one would expect, a wise, witty and highly original book - a book that will certainly delight as it will surely disturb its readers." light foxing to e/p's.; ink-writtedn date to front e/p.; 289 pages. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Anthropology; Travel; Sociology; Indigenous Cultures. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: TVL00001.
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