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ROUTLEDGE, Scoresby Mrs. [Katherine].

The Mystery of Easter Island....

The Story of an Expedition.

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Published: London Printed for the Author by Hazell, Watson and Viney, 1920

Stock Code: 122272

£750
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OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

Revised edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To G. W. Gillman Esquire with the authors' compliments & in acknowledgement of many kindnesses received, Scoresby Routledge, A. M. Schooner Mana". This second, expanded, edition details the monumental first scientific, archaeological, and anthropological survey of Easter Island, which was carried out by Routledge (1866-1935) and her husband William, between March 1914 and August 1915. The pair, both experienced anthropologists, travelled to the Island on a 90-foot schooner, the Mana, and were funded by the British Museum and Royal Geographical Society. During this highly influential expedition the couple excavated over 30 moai, and recorded various legends and oral histories, including that of Hotu Matua, the "Birdman" cult. The results of their expedition are considered "still eminent in their field" (Robinson, p. 148).

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles in gilt to spine and front cover, "birdman" motif in gilt to front cover within frame blocked in blind, top edge gilt, others uncut, two green silk pagemarkers.

Illustrations

Photogravure frontispiece and portrait of the author with facsimile signature, with tissue guards, 134 half-tones, four of which are folding panoramas, 11 maps, two of which are folding, and illustrations to the text.

Condition

Minor rubbing to extremities, a touch of wear to very tips, small dent to foot of front cover, browning to endpapers, occasional foxing to contents and fore edge of book block, a very good, bright, copy.

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