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The Story Of The Pacific - Hendrik Willem Van Loon

George G. Harrap & Co., 1952, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good - in Poor DJ. Unlaminated dustwrapper a heavily edgeworn and faded with much loss at the head of the upper panel, tail of the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. Previous owners inscription to the first blank and the title page. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated with line drawings. Maps to the endpapers. From the cover: “The Story of the Pacific — let's forget, says van Loon, what we were taught in school — let's realise how great that story is. Think how those far-flung islands were settled by the primitive Polynesians centuries ago. Their voyages over the Pacific waters make our own western explorers look like clumsy amateurs. Journeying thousands of miles without a landfall, in canoes, they established themselves in communities as far separated as Hawaii and New Zealand. And they kept in communication with each other for hundreds of years, travelling back and forth in small boats over the wastes of water. This was long before the time of the white explorers — Balboa, Magellan, Tasman, the Dutch explorers and their French competitors, and greatest of them all, Captain James Cook. These discoverers brought back to Europe the knowledge of the vast, primitive world of the Pacific — and also carried to the lovely Paradise all the curses of our Western rivalries.”
Size: 8¾" x 5¾"
Number of Pages: 315

£8.50 (Now Sold)