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, ...
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...
Good. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that'll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included.
Very Good in Very Good + jacket. Book Shelf 702 Text clean; book a bit loose; paper ligtly tanned; couple small black marks on FEP and FFEP; colorful illustrations; tape residue on front and rear covers; number stamped on title page; minor spine slant; rubbing to top and bottom edges and corners of covers; DJ covered by mylar with a bit of light general wear including a few very small chips to head and foot of spine strip area and a one inch closed tear at foot of spine strip; Not a book club (BC)copy. Not a remainder, smoke free. PHOTOS POSTED WITH OUR BOOKS ARE STOCK AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT CONDITION OR EDITION OF BOOK OFFERED FOR SALE. WE DO NOT POST THE PHOTOS.
Color frontis by Ellis Silas. Very Good. No dust jacket. Owner name on fly leaf. Unknown printing. Illustrated by Color frontis by Ellis Silas. 319 p.; Mayflower Classics series; classic novel of the South Seas.
Very Good. B003WAYBFA NOT ex-library. Tight binding, clean text. No marks or writing anywhere. Boards are clean, no wear or fraying. Spine is sunned. Purchase of this item will help support the programs and collections of the Johnson County (Kansas) Library.
specially illustrated edition by Miguel Covarrubias. Very good in very good dust jacket. Slipcase edition for Heritage Book club. minor water stains on slip case but both book and slipcase are square and tight. patterned design on both covers and spine. 24 color illustrations commissioned by Heritage Books, are by Covarrubias (from Mexico) who had spent a good deal of time in the South Seas. John S. Fass designed the book. Preface by literary sleuth Raymond Weaver, and original preface by Melville. According to Weaver, Typee was the earliest of Melville books which garnere attention. Moby Dick, now the far more renown novel was a subsequent work and in its day receive scant notice. Time has reversed the status of these two Melville works.
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