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Author: Paul Ginther.
Photographers: Jean-Claude Nourault and Alain Nourault.
Additional Contributors: Sheila Ribaud and Flavien Ranaivo.
Languages: English and French
No. of Pages: 172
Dimensions: 224mm x 281mm x 22mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 728
Shelving Location: Art & Photography
Estimated Value: £20.00
Purchase Date: 29 August 2006
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(Les Îles de l'Océan Indien [The Islands of the Indian Ocean])
Éditions Jean-Claude Nourault (c.1979).
Hardcover Book with Dust Jacket

A book of photographs of Madagascar. This volume contains 163 colour images, mostly taken by Jean-Claude Nourault, accompanied by text in French (by Paul Ginther) and English (translated by Sheila Ribaud). There are brief sections on the history, geography, agriculture, ethnic groups, etc., but for the most part this work is pictorial. Printed on high quality, heavy duty paper.

Poem by Paul Ginther, from Pages 170-171 (English / French)

And thus she lives, remote from the world
This Great Island of Madagascar
Little known and yet well-loved
She floats alone
Far from the land masses
And seeks to be different from the rest.
Will she remain so for long?
May all those who have trod her red soil
And breathed her perfume
Find again, in our pictures here
New reason never to forget...

Ainsi vit, un peu à l'écart. du Monde
cette grande Ile de Madagascar
mal connue et pourtant bien-aimée
qui vogue, toute seule,
loin des grandes terres,
et se veut différente des- autres.
Le restera-t-elle longtemps ?
Puissent tous ceux qui ont foulé son sol rouge
et respiré son odeur,
retrouver au long de nos images
une nouvelle occasion de ne jamais


  • Geography / Géographie
  • History / Histoire
  • Tananarive, a large town that is different / Tananarive, une grande ville insolite
  • The Malagasy economy: Staked on its agriculture / L'économie malgache : Un pari sur l'agriculture
  • The island of nineteen tribes / L'île aux dix-neuf tribus
  • Tananarive [Antananarivo]
  • "Zoma" [Friday Market]
  • Ampefy
  • The south / Le sud
  • Tuléar [Tulear]
  • Tamatave
  • Ile Sainte-Marie, former kingdom of a corporal / L'île Sainte-Marie, ancien royaume d'un caporal
  • The east coast, rich and green / La côte est, riche et verte
  • Majunga
  • Diégo-Suarez [Diego Suarez]
  • Ramena
  • Nossi-Bé [Nosy Be]
  • Poem


  • Unpaginated.
  • Undated.
  • Volume II in the series.
  • Printed by Helio-Cachan, France.

Condition of Item

Very Good. Endpapers foxed. Dust jacket with many small chips and tears; front flap repaired.

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