A Pattern Of Islands by Arthur Grimble hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
John Murray, 1954, Hardback in dust wrapper.
8th printing. [First Published: September, 1952] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Maps;
From the cover: A Pattern of Islands is the funny, charming and self-deprecating adventure story of a young man in the Pacific. Living for thirty years in the Gilbert and Ellis Islands, Grimble was ultimately initiated but not before he was severely tested, as when he was used as human bait for a giant octopus. Beyond the hilarious and frightening adventure stories, A Pattern of Islands is also a true testament to the life of these Pacific islanders. Grimble collected stories from the last generation who could remember the full glory of the old pagan ways. This is anthropology with its hair down. Like discovering a treasure chest of fables, which were once true, it is full of stories of magic, dances and legends, rituals, spells and a way of life that have now disappeared from this world except within the covers of this book.
Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with much loss to the head of the upper panel and the tail of the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned, blanks and pastedowns somewhat heavier.
Blue boards with White titling to the Spine.
[VIII] 250 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Travel Pacific category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…