Journeys to the Past: Travels in New Guinea, Madagascar, and the Northern Territory of Australia by David Attenborough lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Lutterworth Press, 1981, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs ; Colour Photographs ; Black & White Drawings ; Maps ;
From the cover: No one writes more consistently entertaining travel books than David Attenborough, and this new collection will be widely welcomed and richly enjoyed.
In Journeys to the Past David Attenborough tells of four expeditions in search not only of animals but of unusual people and remote tribes who retain their ancient rituals and ways of life.
In New Guinea he attended a sing-sing performed by over five hundred dancers gloriously adorned with the multicoloured plumes of birds of paradise, and trekked for days into the Jimi Valley, then little explored. He watched a tribe making stone axes and met a pygmy people who wore extraordinary bulbous hats made from their hair clippings and woven to their scalps. On the island of Pentecost he marvelled at the courage of the sensational land-divers who jumped head first from a tower over eighty feet high with vines tied round their ankles. On Tanna he observed a cargo cult and talked to its leader, and on Tonga he filmed the Royal Kava ceremony, the most important and sacred of all the surviving ancient rituals.
David Attenborough describes Madagascar as one of Natures lumber rooms, a place where antique outmoded forms of life that have long since disappeared from the rest of the world still survive in isolation. Here he observed many species of lemur, including the enchanting snow-white sifakas and the dog-headed man, the indris, about whom there are many legends; he collected fragments of the largest eggs in the world laid by the now extinct Aepyornis, and saw the ritual of the turning the dead.
Finally, in the North Territory of Australia he filmed the aborigines way of life, examined the remarkable rock paintings which parallel the first drawings made by mankind, learnt about the legends in which they describe their myths of the creation of the world, and met an old man who lived a hermits life in a remote part of the outback in an upturned water tank.
Vivid descriptions, hilarious incidents, and extraordinary encounters make this book superb family reading.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily faded at the spine and onto the edges of the panels with a little wear to the same and a small sticker scar to the tail of the spine. Dust wrapper stained on the reverse at the foot of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 384 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Travel category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!