This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...Ninety feet was the boundary of all except the Paumotuans and those who used machines. But here was Nohea exceeding that by ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...Ninety feet was the boundary of all except the Paumotuans and those who used machines. But here was Nohea exceeding that by sixty feet in my view, and I knew that greater depths must be attained. Impelled by an instantaneous urge to contrast my own capabilities with Nohea's, I measured off thirty feet on the line, and, putting it in his hands to hold, I breathed to my fullest and leaped overboard. At three lengths of my figure, less than eighteen feet, I experienced alarm and pain. I unloosed the hoop and it swayed down to the end of the five fathoms of rope, while I kicked and pulled, and after an interminable period I had barely touched it again before I became convinced that if I did not breathe in another second I would open my mouth. Nohea knew my plight, for he yanked at the rope, and with his effort and my own frantic exertion I made the air, and humbly hugged the outrigger until I was myself. Thirty feet! And Nohea had brought up the shells from 148. He paid dearly. Several times of the score that he probed the deeper retreats of the oysters, he was prostrated for minutes upon his egress and in throes of severe pain during the readjustment of pressure; but he continued to pursue his fascinating and near-fatal employment until by afternoon a heap of heavy, darkish bivalves lay in the canoe. My curiosity had been heated since I had lifted the first shell, and it was with increasing impatience that I waited for the milder but not less interesting phase of his labor, the scrutiny of the interior of the shells for pearls. There are two moments in a diver's life; One, when, a beggar, he prepares to plunge; Then, when, a prince, he rises with his pearl. The poet visioned Nohea's emotions, perhaps, but he had schooled himself to postpone...
8 ILLUS. PAINTAS, DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS. A to/from and book label. Outside green cloth cover cover is discolored but inside in very good. Spine is badly discoloration and shows threads. 508 pages. Front and back endpapers is map of the world and are in v.g. conditionn. G&D had arrangements from The Century Company to reprint. Solid book except for rough spine.
Very Good. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Publisher's '1922' date on title page. copyright date '1922. ' Frontispiece photo. Illustrations from Paintings, drawings and photographs. A handsome copy hard bound in illustrated cloth cover. Orange and shades of green on cover of swaying palm trees. 508 numbered pages. All page ends finished and unmarked. Spine ends and corners have medium edge wear. One small bit of cloth raised on top of back cover. Paper over front inner hinge cracked. Otherwise a solid, tight, clean, complete copy with very clean internals.
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