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A Pattern of Islands by Arthur Grimble

A Pattern of Islands by Arthur Grimble

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A Pattern of Islands

by Arthur Grimble

The Reprint Society, 1954, black and white photographic plates and black and white illustrations, illustrated endpapers (maps), photographic frontispiece, hardcover

Very Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, some rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners inscription on half title page, age toned pages  (see photographs)

“The funny, charming, and self-deprecating adventure story of a young man in the Pacific. Living for thirty years in the Gilbert & Ellis Islands, Grimble was ultimately initiated and tattooed according to local tradition, 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..”


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