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Mystery of Easter Island (Mystic Traveller) [Paperback]

Katherine Routledge
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24 Jun 1998 Mystic Traveller
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Adventures Unlimited Press; New ed of 1919 ed edition (24 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932813488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932813480
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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his reprint of a classic archaeology book on Easter Island was first published in London in 1919. Heavily illustrated with a wealth of old photos, this treasure trove of information begins with Routledge's yacht voyage from England across the Atlantic, and around South America to Easter Island. Her account of this incredible adventure is one of the first ever of the life, history and legends of this strange and remote place. Detailing the statues, pyramid platforms, Rongo Rongo script, Bird Cult, and the war between the Short Ears and the Long Ears, Routledge and her companions explore the secret caves and walk the ancient island roads. This rare early account of Easter Island has served as a primary source for the theories that have evolved to explain Easter Island's enduring mysteries. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

British archaeologist KATHERINE ROUTLEDGE (1866-1935) studied at Oxford University. She also wrote With Prehistoric People (1910), about her experiences in Africa after the Boer War. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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" All the seashore is lined with numbers of stone idols, with their backs turned towards the sea, which caused us no little wonder, because we saw no tool of any kind for working these figures." Read the first page
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The Mystery of Easter Island was originally published in 1919, based upon the research of an English lady, Katherine Routledge, who lived on the island in 1914-15. She learned the Rapanui language and interviewed all the old people she could find who still remembered the past. The more we now know about the archaeology of Easter Island, the better this material looks. Routledge did excavations, camped out all over the island and accumulated vast quantities of research material. A 'must read' for someone going to Easter Island.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite the best book about Easter Island 7 Dec 2012
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This is an excellent read, an intelligent travellogue covering a big canvas, but with Easter Island as the principal focus. I have not read a better, more considered view of the island's mysterious past. Very much to be recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating subject 8 Sep 2013
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Recommended by a young woman who is copying the journey starting next year when crew and sponsors have been found.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Account of a Historic Voyage 15 May 2014
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I have a copy of the volume 'printed for the author' and given by the authors (Scoresby Routledge wrote the end part) to my grandparents in 1917. So it is good to see the book brought to a much wider audience with this edition. The style is matter-of-fact, and one has to stand back to appreciate what was achieved against difficult circumstances. About two thirds of the book is about Easter island, the remainder covers the journeys out and back. The reproduction of the black and white photos is rather disappointing, but the book is well worth reading, particularly if you are thinking of visiting Easter Island or indeed if you already have made a visit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Oct 2014
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Really interesting read
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