The Cruise of the Kawa. Wanderings in the South Seas. Walter E. TRAPROCK, George S. Chappell.

The Cruise of the Kawa. Wanderings in the South Seas.

New York & London: G.P. Putnam's, 1921.

Octavo, frontispiece, photo plates and decorated endpapers, original publisher's gilt lettered cloth, spine ends a little worn, good.

First edition: the first in a series of satirical novels lampooning South Sea travel literature and ethnography. 'To be unread in Polynesiana is to be intellectually déclassé', the publisher's note insists. George S. Chappell writing under the pseudonym Walter S. Traprock mocks the romanticism of this genre with absurd caricatures and hyperbole. The targets of Chappell's devastating parody appear in the final pages to listen to Traprock recount his tale, among them author Frederick O'Brien and director Martin Johnson.

First edition: the first in a series of satirical novels lampooning South Sea travel literature and ethnography. 'To be unread in Polynesiana is to be intellectually déclassé', the publisher's note insists. George S. Chappell writing under the pseudonym Walter S. Traprock mocks the romanticism of this genre with absurd caricatures and hyperbole. The targets of Chappell's devastating parody appear in the final pages to listen to Traprock recount his tale, among them author Frederick O'Brien and director Martin Johnson.
Ray Howgego notes in private correspondence: 'You really must get hold of a copy of Walter E. Traprock's 'The Cruise of the Kawa' (preferably the 1st edn, New York 1921). It will give you hours of delight and hilarity, particularly the photos which feature some quite eminent volunteers, professors, film stars, even Putnam himself, posing jungle-clad in a New York studio. A work of genius, the tongue-in-cheek English is masterly throughout. "In calm elation and tired expectancy we strained our eyes through the slow crescendo of the day's birth…"'.

Price (AUD): $125.00  other currencies     Ref: #3902017