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The Story Of The Pacific Hendrik Willem Van Loon

The Story Of The Pacific - Hendrik Willem Van Loon

London, Sydney, Toronto, Bombay & Stockholm: George G. Harrap & Co., 1945, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper worn at the edges with loss to the spine ends and corners, amateur tape reinforcement to the verso the lower panel. Previous owners' names to the first blank, the pastedown and upper panel of the dust wrapper. The contents complete, clean and tight.

4th printing, first published 1940. Includes: Line drawings; Maps to the lining papers; Frontispiece; Title page vignette;

From the cover: “The Story of the Pacific — let’s forget, says van Loon, what we were taught in school — let’s realize 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. There was never a more enchanting world than that of the Pacific Islands, uncontaminated by the whaler, the trader, the foreign garrisons; nor a more thrilling story of discovery across that vast hole in our planet which modern scientists suspect of being the cradle of the moon. Van Loon himself, while writing this story, followed the paths of the great explorers, mused ‘silent on a bench in Darien’, crossed on a modern steamer from one island to the next, travelled for days and days without a sight of land, constantly reminded of the fascinating drama of the Pacific. So here we have a book coming straight from the source of inspiration, written and illustrated in the author’s most individual and engaging manner, and combining the qualities of The Home Of Mankind and The Story Of Mankind.”

Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Dark Blue titling to the Spine. 315 pages.
The Story Of The Pacific Hendrik Willem Van Loon