London: Seeley, Service & Co., Ltd., 1930. First Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. Thick 8vo, green cloth with gold spine lettering & embossed engraving of artificial island [from a photo], illustrated with B&W glossy photograph as frontispiece plus 17 additionial photos, pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) of islanders in a canoe [green on a beige field], top of pages colored green by publisher for dust protection, 317 pages. Fine / Fine. Item #2753
A fascinating illustrated study of a Micronesian island culture with photos and maps.
Walter George Ivens (New Zealand: 1871 - 1939) was one of the greatest linguists and anthropologists of the Melanesian Mission. A farmer's son, he was educated at Christ's College (1884-1889), and the University of New Zealand (B.A. & M.A) After being ordained as an Anglican priest in New Zealand (1894-1895), he became a missionary for the Diocese of Melanesia (1895-1909).
After marrying In 1899, he and his wife lived on Ulawa; then became Organising Secretary for the Melanesian Mission in New Zealand (1909), and priest at Yarrabah Aboriginal Mission near Cairns in Queensland, Australia (1910-1912).
He then moved to a Melbourne parish (1912-1927), and finally to England as Travelling Secretary for the Melanesian Mission (1928-1935) and then as a rector (1935-1939).
His two most important books are Melanesians of the Southeast Solomon Islands (1927), about Sa'a (Small Malaita) and Ulawa, and THE ISLAND BUILDERS OF THE PACIFIC (1930), about people of Malaita's Lau and Langalanga Lagoons. He also published dictionaries, grammars of eleven Melanesian languages, and translations of the Bible into the Sa'a, Ulawa, Bugotu and Lau languages.
Hopkins received doctorates from the University of New Zealand (1919), for his previously published Dictionary and Grammar of the Language of Sa'a and Ulawa (1918), and the University of Melbourne (1923) for a doctoral dissertation on 'Dialects of the Pacific Islands'. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute in 1931.