The Return of the Cane: A Natural History of the Walking Stick

Author(s): Gerard J Van Den Broek

World History

Much more than a study of walking sticks as antiques and collectibles, this fascinating book also explores the myths and symbols associated with sticks and canes. Noting that apes use sticks as tools, to humans the stick is also a form of power. Batons, clubs, dueling sticks, scepters, staffs, and magic wands are cited and discussed showing the ancient association of sticks with authority, piety, strength, wisdom, and the supernatural; a chapter is devoted to famous canes in history and literature; and photographs and illustrations throughout present canes of various woods, decoration, and rarity.


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Gerard J. van den Broek is an anthropologist, the director of an agency of the Interior Ministry of the Netherlands, and an independent communications consultant. He is the editor of "Fieldwork: Sketches of Jac L. Jongsma 1893-1926 "and the coeditor of "The Expert Sign: Semiotics of Culture."

General Fields

  • : 9789057270505
  • : International Books
  • : International Books
  • : December 2007
  • : 166mm X 168mm X 15mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • : 120
  • : Bas Mazur
  • : Hardback
  • : Gerard J Van Den Broek