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PYGMIES & PAPUANS The Natives of Dutch New Guinea By A. F. R. Wollaston
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This volume is a document of science, of courage, of exploration and first contact. It is an intimate personal account of a world that is on the brink of extinction. Dr. A.F.R. Wollaston was a... More > graduate of Cambridge University before the turn of the twentieth Century. He was a naturalist of the highest caliber, and carried a desire to study the fauna of New Guinea. Setting out in 1910, "We left Singapore on November 26th, and as we passed through the narrow Riou Straits we saw the remains of the French mail steamer La Seyne, which had been wrecked there with appalling loss of life only a few days earlier. It was believed that scores of persons were devoured by sharks within a few minutes of the accident happening..." Thus begins the exciting story of one of the great scientific expeditions to a land which is even now considered largely unknown and unreached. Open this book and discover for yourself the wild, tropical island world of New Guinea as Dr. Wollaston found it.< Less