Crossroads of the Java Sea – H De Leeuw (1931)

S$48.00

Crossroads of the Java Sea – H De Leeuw (1931)

S$48.00

Title: Crossroads of the Java Sea
Author: Hendrik De Leeuw
Publisher: Garden City, New York, 1931.
Condition: Hardcover, cloth. Back cover damaged, exposing boards (see pictures). Corners bumped. Otherwise in very good condition. Text clean and binding tight.

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A travel narrative on the islands of Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Celebes & Bali, written by a Dutch-born author who moved to the US at a young age. The author claims this is the first travel book on Indonesia by a Dutch-American author, written during the time he served as Far-Eastern representative for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. In this entertaining and readable book, he goes to Borneo where he describes head-hunting tribes and marriage rituals, then to Java where he sees court dances and meets Sultans. From there, he travels to Celebes and witnesses Toraja rituals like rain-making and divination, then to Sumatra and Bali. Some subjects he seems fond of include dances, women and marriage, and the lives of the various tribes.