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Ivory's ghosts : the white gold of history and the fate of elephants

Author: John Frederick Walker
Publisher: New York : Grove Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Long before gold and gemstones held allure, humans were drawn to the "jewels of the elephant"--Its great tusks. Ivory came to be prized in every culture of the world for its beauty and rarity and ability to be finely carved. Starting in the Ice Age, when ivory was first imbued with symbolic importance, John Frederick Walker takes the reader on a journey that traces the material's sensuous, creamy-white gleam through  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Frederick Walker
ISBN: 9780802144522 0802144527
OCLC Number: 406173811
Description: 312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue. 1898 --
Part 1: Shapes in tusks. Mammoth teeth ; Tribute and treasure ; The master carvers' medium --
Part 2: Ivory under the saw. Piano keys and billiard balls ; "A tooth of ivory and a slave to carry it" ; Ivory hunters --
Part 3: The elephant dilemma. Researchers and poachers ; The ivory ban ; Elephant dreams, elephant realities --
Epilogue 2007.
Other Titles: White gold of history and the fate of elephants
Responsibility: John Frederick Walker.

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Walker takes the reader on a journey that traces the ivory trade through human history, and shows how exchange in this much-desired material came to shape human--and animal--history.  Read more...

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"Well-written and informative."--Foreign Affairs "[An] entertaining chronicle...Ivory's Ghosts admirably tells the story of this enchanting substance while making clear that as long as there are Read more...

 
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