1956 De hond bij de Nyanga: ritueel en sociologie. Brussels: Académie royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer. 168 pp. Unpublished translation in French by Marianne Okito in collaboration with B.Biebuyck; see manuscripts on this website.
1958 With J. Bolle, E. Schaefer, H. Brandt, and H. Sielman. Les Seigneurs de la Forêt. Brussels: établissements Malvaux. 142 pp. (Translated as Vrijheren van het woud.Brussels: établissements Malvaux and as Herrscher des Urwaldes (Berlin).
1963 Ed. African Agrarian Systems. London: Oxford University Press. Reprint edition, 1966. 407 pp. (Contributions by leading authorities from Belgium, France, Holland, United Kingdom, United States of America, South African Republic). See chapters in books
1969 With Kahombo Mateene. The Mwindo Epic from the Banyanga. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press; University of California Press Paperbacks, 1971. 213 pp. Several reprint editions. Read the preface: Mwindo
The Mwindo Epic from the Banyanga was translated into Lingala (a Central African lingua franca) under the title of Elombé Mwindo. Mwana-Zaire wa Tango ya Bakoko, by Kahombo Mateene, Boguo Makeli, and Tingbo Zongo. Lubumbashi: Editions du Mont Noir, 1974. A Japanese translation with an introduction by Toshinao Yoneyama was published in DATE, Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, 1983. An Hungarian translation was prepared by Dr. Szilárd Biernaczky (Budapest). A Dutch translation, Mwindo de zwoeger: Een epos uit Congo, Utrecht: Bibliotheca Africana, 2001. A French translation with an expanded introduction, footnotes, a glossary and the original text has been prepared by Daniel P. Biebuyck in collaboration with Brunhilde Biebuyck and Mihaela Bacou, Mwendo: une épopée Nyanga (RdC) Paris: Classiques Africains (2002). Read the preface: Mwendo
The text was reproduced in English without notes in: The Horizon History of Africa, pp. 274-88. New York: American Heritage, 1971; A Treasury of African Folklore, edited by Harold Courlander, pp. 322-51. New York: Crown Publishers, 1975; African Folktales: Traditional Stories of the Black World, edited by Roger D. Abrahams, pp. 238-92. New York: Pantheon Books, 1983; abbreviated and renarrated in World Mythology. An Anthology of the Great Myths and Epics, edited by Donna Rosenberg, pp. 441-452. Lincolnwood, Illinois, National Textbook Company; Excerpts in Les épopées d’Afrique noire, Lilyan Kesteloot et Bassirou Dieng, éditions Karthala, pp. 519-535. Summary in Epic Traditions of Africa, ed. Stephen Belcher, Indiana University Press, 1999, pp. 38-41.
1969 Editor. Tradition and Creativity in Tribal Art. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press; University of California Press Paperbacks, 1973. 236 pp. (Contributions by William Fagg, William Bascom, Robert Goldwater, Jean Guiart, Roy Sieber, Ignacio Bernal, Adriaan Gerbrands, Robert F. Thompson; introduction by D. Biebuyck). See chapters in books
1970 With Kahombo Mateene. Une anthologie de la littérature orale Nyanga. Brussels: Académie royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer. 363 pp. The short Kahindo epic included in this publication is published in translation in Oral Epics from Africa, eds Johnson, John W. et al., pp. 294-301. Bloomington: Indiana University Press 1997. Read the preface: Nyanga Tales
1973 Lega Culture: Art, Initiation, and Moral Philosophy among a Central African People. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. 268 pp. and 110 pls. Large syntheses based on this book may be found in Brain, Cameron, Hunn (1985), Layton, Smith, Perani, and Zusse (1972). In African art books, catalogues of exhibitions and of sales, this is one of the most frequently mentioned works on African Art. Read the preface: Lega Culture
1978 Hero and Chief: Epic Literature from the Banyanga (Zaire Republic). Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. 320 pp. Edited excerpts from one of the Mwindo epics published in Hero and Chief can be found in Oral Epics from Africa, eds Johnson, J.W., Thomas A. Hale, and Stephen Belcher, pp. 285-301, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997. Another edited excerpt can be found in Les épopées d’Afrique noire, eds Kesteloot, Lilyan and Bassirou Dieng, pp. 528-537. Read the preface: Hero and Chief
1981 Statuary from the Pre-Bembe Hunters: Issues in the Interpretation of Ancestral Figurines Ascribed to the Basikasingo-Bembe-Boyo.Tervuren: Musée royal de l’Afrique centrale. 164 pp. and 59 pls. Read the preface by Van Geluwe: Preface Statuary Pre Bembe
1984 With Nelly Van den Abbeele. The Power of Headresses: A Cross-Cultural Study of Forms and Functions. Ghent (Belgium): Snoeck-Ducaju en Zoon. 293 pp. and 223 pls. Read the introduction: Headdress
1985 The Arts of Zaire. Southwestern Zaire, vol. 1. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. 416 pp. and 100 pls. Read the preface & introduction: Arts of Zaire I
1986 The Arts of Zaire. Eastern Zaire: The Ritual and Artistic Contexts of Voluntary Associations, vol. 2. Berkeley and Los Angeles: The University of California Press, 331 pp. and 98 pls. Read the preface: Arts Zaire II
1987 The Arts of Central Africa: An Annotated Bibliography. Boston: G.K. Hall. 300 pp. Read the editor’s and author’s preface: Arts Bibliography
1987 With Brunhilde Biebuyck. We Test Those Whom We Marry: An Analysis of Thirty-Six Nyanga Tales. Budapest: African Research Program, Loránd Eötvös University. 115 pp. Read the introduction: We Test
1994 Lega Sculpture. Sculpture lega. Paris and New York: Galerie Hélène and Philippe Leloup. 203 pp., including 87 pls.(includes French text by Brunhilde Biebuyck and Mihaela Bacou. Read the preface & introduction: Lega Sculpture
1996 With Susan Kelliher and Linda McCrae. African Ethnonyms. Index to Art-Producing Peoples of Africa. New York: G.K. Hall and Co. An Imprint of Simon and Schuster Macmillan. London: Prentice Hall International. 378pp. Read the preface: Ethnonyms
2002 Lega. Ethics and beauty in the heart of Africa. Gent: Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon. (Separate editions in Dutch and in French). Read the preface: Ethics and Beauty