Honolulu, HI: Bernice P. Bishop Museum, 1929. First Edition. Softcover. Folio size, 106 pp., three plates. Very good. Item #18021608
This memoir (part memoir, part history, and part cultural study) deals with the Pitcairn and Norfolk Islanders who are the descendants of an eighteenth century cross between two groups: English and Tahitian, the progeny of sailors who settled on the islands after their infamous mutiny of H.M.S. "Bounty" in 1789 (many of us are vaguely aware of the story through various film adaptations, the most recent in 1984 starring Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson). Harry Shapiro (1902-1990) was an American anthropologist and eugenicist; he found certain peculiarities that gave him reason to study these "Mutineers of the Bounty", and was awarded a Bishop Museum Fellowship from Yale University in 1923 to pursue his study.
___DESCRIPTION: Brown paper wrappers with lettering printed in black to upper wrapper, three black and white plates bound terminally; folio size (12 5/8" by 9 7/8"), first edition.
___CONDITION: A very good copy, internally bright and complete, some chipping to the edges and wrappers (none obscure text), some sunning to the edges of the wrappers, slight loss to the head and tail of the spine wrap, and an old stamp on the front wrapper with "Department of Anthropology / Stanford University"; overall a solid, clean copy.
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