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Papers comprising Sotheby's July 1989 sale lot 165, c.1989, mainly n.d.

MS. Eng. c. 7877
Held at the Weston Library

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Comprises, with a list of the papers and descriptive notes compiled by Sotheby's cataloguer,

  1. Filing card from card index of research notes for 'The Nomadic Alternative' (see MSS. Eng. e. 3722-3723) n.d.
  2. Notes for 'The Nomadic Alternative' on incest taboo, totemic beasts and birds of military powers; essay 'Butch Cassidy as Gaucho'; notes on The Myth of the Machine by Lewis Mumford; essay 'The Scar of Wounded Knee', c.1972; notes on The Gypsies by Jan Yoors; essay 'The Guggenheims' [published as 'The Guggenheim Family' in Great American Families, 1978;
  3. Notes for 'The Nomadic Alternative' on Islam; Passover, Inner Asian Frontiers of China by Owen Lattimore; Steppe society; and Qashagi migration, 1971.
  4. miscellaneous extracts from an early draft of 'The Nomadic Alternative' on walk with grandfather to Eagle Stone; Sufis; early man; Taoists; John Steinbeck's 'Virus of Restlessness'; early man's observation of animals; and proposed outline of the book, n.d.
  5. Essay, written during undergraduate archaeology studies at the University of Edinburgh, on Le Corbusier, c.1968
  6. Draft chapter on gypsies 'The Hounds of the Wilderness' for 'The Nomadic Alternative'; and definition of the work 'nomad', n.d.
  7. Notes for 'The Nomadic Alternative' on Paleo-indian cultures; Ib'n Khaldun; and Herodotus, n.d.
  8. Notes for 'The Nomadic Alternative' on 'The Pyramid' with two filing cards on pyramids and on 'The satire of the Trades', n.d.
  9. Short story 'The Family', Jan. 1970
  10. Notes for 'The Nomadic Alternative' on outline of the book; Huns; Mesolithic hunters; early man's reflections on bird and animal migrations; group of Nemadi in Western Sahara; and on nomad children and attachment to their mother, n.d.
  11. Notes for 'The Nomadic Alternative' on Chatwin's early recollections of travel [later incorporated into The Songlines]; Proust's childhood explorations; how a child's craving and fondling of things persists into later life, and on theory of innate aggression, n.d.
  12. Working papers for 'The Nomadic Alternative' on 'The Nomadic Ideal'; Australian walkabout; anarchism; the Taoists; the Beghards; wandering as way to get rid of internalised violence; shamans; and city as chief target for nomad raids, n.d.
  13. Working papers for 'The Nomadic Alternative' on the story of a type-writer salesman; Chatwin's own autobiography; Proust; the bond established between mother and child; how invasion is generally followed by counter-invasion; Sufi mysticism; St John of the Cross; St Francis; and Cain and Abel, n.d.


  • Creation: c.1989, mainly n.d.


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. c. 7877

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