Paris: Les Éditions du Scorpion, 1957. 1st Edition. Small octavo, publisher's off-white paper wraps lettered in blue, unopened, original illustrated dust jacket.
Wide-ranging ethnographic study of African tribal religious practices and supernatural belief systems, all classified under the rubric of "black magic." Congo, Benin ("Dahomey"), Sudan, Senegal, Guinea are all considered, with a look at rituals, dance, fetishes, costume, the use of animals, and the dead. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos sourced from France's Agence économique des Colonies. With a bibliography, table of contents and a preface by poet and journalist Fernand Divoire. Ex-libris label to inside of upper wrap. Corners and base of spine lightly banged, textblock unopened; dust jacket with minor rubbing and edgewear. Near fine. Item #1296