Myths & Legends of the Polynesians

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Author: Johannes C. Andersen

Illustrator: Richard Wallwork

ANDERSEN, Johannes C[arl]. Myths & Legends of the Polynesians. With Sixteen Plates in Colour by Richard Wallwork A.R.C.A. Thirty-two Plates in Half-tone and Other Illustrations. London: George G. Harrap [1928]. 8vo, [iv] 512pp. Navy cloth decoratively stamped in gilt, light blue and green. 16 color plates, 32 half-tone plates and numerous other illustrations. Spine ends and lower corners a bit rubbed, corners of front cover slightly bumped, cloth lightly scuffed, else an internally clean, bright copy.

First edition. Based on extensive field study and research, this exhaustive compendium of the myths and legends of the Polynesian people covers the vast Pacific triangle. Ethnologist Johannes C. Andersen collected ancient stories of the gods and creation, of nature and the supernatural, of love and war, of adultery, revenge, cannibalism, human sacrifice, and more. As he recounts the tales, he compares and contrasts not only the legends but also the people of one island group with another, interweaving fascinating information about Polynesian history and customs.