New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc., 1954. Photographs; map. First Edition. Pictorial cloth. 8vo (8 1/4" x 5 5/8"), pink decorative cloth with green lettering and mask on front cover, illustrated with 25 B&W glossy photos often per page, map endpapers, 256 pages. Fine / Near Fine. Item #2427
SUPERIOR COPY of an UNCOMMON & exciting illustrated narrative about Father Dupeyrat, a Christian missionary with serious anthropological interests, who, during 1930-51, lived among formidable tribespeople and cannibals in Malalu District deep in the mountains of southeastern New Guinea.
"Typical of the rigors of missionary life in this remote land is Father Dupeyrat's account of his strange and perilous contest with the native sorcerers. Challenged by the missionary, they placed venomous snakes in a position to kill him in each village he visited. Yet he managed to escape, breaking the grip of superstition on the people."
Moreover, he ventured "where cannibalism flourishes even today ... [and] witnessed their bizarre and tragic customs and learned their language...."
SUPERIOR CONDITION: tight, clean, slightly age-toned copy with unfoxed or tarnished photos and a wonderful pictorial dust jacket (with a few chips and slight wear mainly affecting the top and bottom of the spine).