The White Headhunter - Nigel RandellConstable and Robinson, 2003, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ. Leans vaguely. Text bright and tight, a nice copy.
Shanghaied in San Francisco in 1868, a teenage Scots sailor embarked upon a voyage into the heart of darkness. Escaping from his floating prison in an open whaleboat, he drifted for two thousand miles across the Pacific, only to be washed up on the shores of an island shunned by all nineteenth century mariners, Malaita in the Solomon Islands. There he was stripped of his clothes and possessions by a tribe of head-hunters and was forced to ‘go native’ to survive. Initially a slave to their chief, Kabou, he eventually became the man’s most trusted warrior and advisor, loved by him ‘as my first-born son’. Jack Renton’s own account of his eight-year exile, published after he was rescued, caused a sensation, though it is now clear that it airbrushes out most of the key events that brought about this transformation. Illustrated with B&W photographs.
Size: 8½" x 5¾". 331 pages.