Book Description

Robert Ranulph Marett (13 June 1866 – 18 February 1943) was a British ethnologist and a proponent of the British Evolutionary School of cultural anthropology. Founded by Marett's older colleague, Edward Burnett Tylor, it asserted that modern primitive societies provide evidence for phases in the evolution of culture, which it attempted to recapture via comparative and historical methods. Marett focused primarily on the anthropology of religion. Studying the evolutionary origin of religions, he modified Tylor's animistic theory to include the concept of mana. Marett's anthropological teaching and writing career at Oxford University spanned the early 20th century before World War Two. He trained many notable anthropologists. He was a colleague of John Myres, and through him, studied Aegean archaeology. Robert R. Marett was born in Saint Brélade. He belonged to a family, originally named Maret, that settled on Jersey from Normandy in the 13th century. The Saint Brélade branch built a manor house for themselves, La Haule Manor (today a hotel). They had substantial wealth and position, contributing high-level magistrates to the government of Jersey. Robert's father had been Bailiff of Jersey. He was one of the founders of La Patrie, a patriotic newspaper. Earlier, Philip Maret, third son of the second Seigneur of La Haule, born in 1701, had emigrated to Boston, where he became a merchant captain. His subsequent family participated in the American Revolution and the War of 1812.
Dealer Notes
First Edition; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Gilt titles spine; illustrated by b/w. frontis. photo. of author & three further plates; Previous owner's signature in ink inside front cover; minor spots & dents to covers, lacking front endpaper which has been cut from the book, foxing but only to pages facing illustrations; Includes appendices & index.
Author Marett, Robert Ranulph
Date 1941
Binding Hardcover (Original Blue Cloth)
Publisher Oxford University Press; London
Condition Very Good (no Dust Jacket)
Pages xi + 346

Price: £30.00

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