ITAMBU!

Author: Selby (David)
Year: 1964
Publisher: Angus & robertson
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st edn.
Book Condition: NrVg+/Vg
Price: 12.00
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Hardback. A book of dramatic murder and sorcery trials at which the author presided. These he recounts from his judge's casebook. "Itambu!" was a common word in New Guinea, being a corruption of the phrase "It is tabu" or "It is forbidden.". It had special significance for natives passing with painful rapidity from a primitive way of life to citizenship of the outside world. Many of their practices recognised for centuries were forbidden by the white man's law. The arrival of the Indonesians in West New Guinea posed major additional problems in a territory where it was estimated that there were more than 700 different languages. The author sketches with understanding and sympathy for the problems of both the natives and the administration. He had unusual opportunities for studying the scene, travelling on circuit deep into the mainland and also to New Britain, New Ireland, Manus Island and Bougainville. Illus. + Map eps and Index. 167pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true-crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. V. lightly browned pp. Nr. Vg+ in sl. frayed, shelf-worn vg. dw.

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