Through Darkest Pondelayo: An account of the adventures of two English ladies on a cannibal island
London: Chatto & Windus, 1936. Very Good. Item #26043
London: Chatto & Windus, 1936. First Edition. Octavo; publisher's purple cloth, gilt-lettered spine; vii,,200pp.; photo-montaged frontispiece and twelve leaves of plates. Minor scuffing to cloth extremities, spine a shade sunned and gilt rather significantly dulled, textblock edges and preliminaries quite spotted, later (1955) ownership signature to half title, else a Very Good, internally sound copy. With the contemporary bookseller ticket of Margareta Webber, Melbourne, to front pastedown.
The Australian author's first book, a pseudonymously-published faux travel memoir lampooning the popular, frequently chauvinistic genre churned out by the English upper crust. The book goes so far as to be dedicated "To our far-flung empire builders," and is illustrated throughout with doctored photographs showing the same Edwardian lady (captioned throughout as "Myself") in outlandish situations.