Excerpt: ...of the "taboo" as affecting this particular case; employing a variety of most extraordinary words, which, from their amazing length and sonorousness, I have every reason to believe were of a theological nature. But all that he said failed to convince me: partly perhaps, because I could not comprehend a word that he uttered; but chiefly ...
Excerpt: ...of the "taboo" as affecting this particular case; employing a variety of most extraordinary words, which, from their amazing length and sonorousness, I have every reason to believe were of a theological nature. But all that he said failed to convince me: partly perhaps, because I could not comprehend a word that he uttered; but chiefly, that for the life of me, I could not understand why a woman should not have as much right to enter a canoe as a man. At last he became a little more rational, and intimated that, out of the abundant love he bore me, he would consult with the priests and see what could be done. How it was that the priesthood of Typee satisfied the affair with their consciences, I know not; but so it was, and Fayaway's dispensation from this portion of the taboo was at length procured. Such an event, I believe, never before had occurred in the valley; but it was high time the islanders should be taught a little gallantry, and I trust that the example I set them may produce beneficial effects. Ridiculous, indeed, that the lovely creatures should be obliged to paddle about in the water, like so many ducks, while a parcel of great strapping fellows skimmed over its surface in their canoes. The first day after Fayaway's emancipation, I had a delightful little party on the lake-the damsel, Kory-Kory, and myself. My zealous body-servant brought from the house a calabash of poee-poee, half a dozen young cocoa-nuts-stripped of their husks-three pipes, as many yams, and me on his back a part of the way. Something of a load; but Kory-Kory was a very strong man for his size, and by no means pg 143 brittle in the spine. We had a very pleasant day; my trusty valet plied the paddle and swept us gently along the margin of the water, beneath the shades of the overhanging thickets. Fayaway and I reclined in the stern of the canoe, the gentle nymph occasionally placing her pipe to her lips, and exhaling the mild fumes of the tobacco, to...
Thompson, Bradbury. Fine. Slipcase decorated, browning at edges. Book is pristine, as new (possibly unread). Limited edition. No markings in text, binding tight. Not ex-library. Christmas edition. Clear spring mist envelope covered boards with brown cowhide leather spine; gilt lettering; Decorated endpapers. All proceeds benefit the Burlingame Library Foundation
Fine in 1/4 dark brown leather and printed paper covered boards with bold gilt text on the spine, floral decorated paper end sheets and with the top edge of the text block stained light green. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is contained within a near fine, illustrated paper covered slip case with modest tanning at its opening and around the outside edges. The book is subtitled: "A Peep At Polynesian Life During A Four Months' Residence In A Valley Of The Marquesas". 324 pages of text illustrated throughout with nautical motif line drawings. The Christmas 1962 issue by Westvaco which is the 5th volume in Westvaco's annual American Classic series.
Covarrubias, Miguel. Very Good. Signed by Illustrator Limited edition, signed by illustrator. #586 of 1500. Original slipcase has small splits, edge wear, scratches, scuffs, slightly chipped, rubbed corners. Boards have edge wear, rubbed corners, rubbed/very slightly chipped spine, very small stain on edge. Owner's neat bookplate inside front cover. No writing in text.
Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. A Limited Edition.; 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Very Good+, Leather Bound. Book accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival paper with gilded edges. The endsheets are of moire fabric with a silk ribbon page marker. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints to ensure the highest quality binding. This book is in full leather with hubbed spines. A limited edition published under the auspices of The American Revolution Bicentennial Administration.; 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Miguel Covarrubias. Very Good + Signed By Illustrator Limited to 1500 copies, numbered and signed by the illustrator. This is copy 1331. Light coloured paper covered boards with printed spine in black and green. Spine fade. Very small brown spot to top edge of text block in corner at spine. Patterned paper slipcase with some residue on spine otherwise fine. A fresh copy with the monthly newsletter and card.
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