The Illustrated History of Humankind, 5 vols., each volume 31.5 x 25 cm (approximately Royal Quarto), produced by Weldon Owen Pty Ltd, Sydney, published at St Lucia, Brisbane, by the University of Queensland Press. First Edition. Vols. 1 and 2 published 1993, Vols. 3-5 published 1994. Profusely illustrated with more than 300 full colour photographs, maps, diagrams, charts and pictorial spreads and endpapers in each volume, 5 volume total of 1,196 pages. Hard cover, dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles on spines, colour illustrated dust jackets. This is a heavy set with a total weight (five volumes) of approximately 8.6 kg.
Vol. I: The First Humans: Human Origins and History to 10,000 BC. 239 pages.
Vol. II: People of the Stone Age: Hunter-gatherers and Early Farmers. 240 pages.
Vol. III: Old World Civilizations: The Rise of Cities and States. 239 pages.
Vol. IV: New World and Pacific Civilizations: Cultures of America, Asia, and the Pacific.
Vol. V: Traditional Peoples Today: Continuity and Change in the Modern World. 239 pages.
Condition: As new.
On its publication, reviewers described The Illustrated History of Humankind as a spectacular landmark series on human development, encompassing culture, society, art and religion and marked by impeccable scholarship and up-to-date archaeological research, and lavishly produced with “graphic opulence”. The General Editor of the series was Dr Göran Burenhult, Associate Professor of Archaeology, University of Stockholm, Sweden, and the series includes text by a large number of academic contributors. The Australian Editor was Dr J. Peter White, Reader, School of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, University of Sydney.
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