Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1940. First Edition. Hardcover : pp. [4 blank] [i-vii] viii-xx [4 blank] [xxi] xxii-xxvi [1 blank] [1-2] 3-464 : Illustrated throughout including 3 coloured plates as called for : Extra diagram p. 36 [not called for] : Lacks "Father's people" table to face page 448 : Red cloth covered boards : Gilt lettering on spine with lines at head and tail : Brown paper dust jacket with lettering in black.
Uneven tonning has created a striped effect on edges of text block : Some foxing to endpapers, last 4 pages and title page : Spine head and tail a little pushed : The scarce dust-jacket is slightly soiled, has distinct tide mark on spine and has chips in centre, head and tail and also some faint red marks. Item #1548
The theme of this book is a cycle of ceremonies called Hevehe, which belongs to the people of the Papuan Gulf. It is carried through with much primitive magnificence and on such a scale that its many stages, like the acts of an immense drama, may stretch over a period of more than 15 years. (From dust jacket)
Francis Edgar Williams (1893-1943) was an Australian anthropologist.