Gravestone of the Basques - an atlas of illustrations by Louis Colas and George Thomson

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Gravestone of the Basques - an atlas of illustrations by Louis Colas and George Thomson

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Louis Colas was a French archaeologist who, at the beginning of the twentieth century, travelled throughout the French Basque region on foot, bicycle and mule studying, measuring and drawing funerary memorials and other artefacts of historical interest. His main focus was on gravemarkers, especially the characteristic Basque discoid stelae that abound in south-western France. He emphasised the importance of inscriptions and iconography and their place in Basque culture.

The outcome of his work was a large publication in two volumes, one of which includes his drawings, together with a few photographs. The original limited edition volumes have become rare. This is a facsimile of volume 2, the Atlas, with 1300 illustrations, together with some introductory sections and translations. By making Colas's work more accessible, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in funerary memorials or inscriptional lettering.


First edition 2011, paperback, 426pp, over 1300 monochrome illustrations and line drawings, 21 x 29.8 cm



Gravestone of the Basques - an atlas of illustrations by Louis Colas and George Thomson
30.00 EUR 36.98