1942, 1st edition; The Macmillian Company publishers, New York; hardbound in burgundy red boards with gilt lettering on spine and black decor; very good condition; decorative dust jacket has small dings/tears along edges (but not bad -see pics).


Author -

Caroline Mytinger (March 6, 1897 – November 3, 1980), was an American portrait painter born in Sacramento, California, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She is best known for her paintings of indigenous people in the South Seas during the late 1920s. These paintings are in the custody of the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology on UC Berkeley's campus in Berkeley, CA.

In 1926 she traveled to the Solomon Islands and Papua-New Guinea, with her childhood friend Margaret Warner and produced paintings and two books. They both returned to the United States in 1930. The two books about their experiences were published in the 1940s.


In 1943 Mytinger bought a one-bedroom studio and became a permanent resident of Monterey, California an art colony on California's Pacific coastline.


Plot -

A fascinating account of an unorthodox expedition made by two young women to such places as the Solomon Islands and New Britain in the Territory of New Guinea, in the Southwest Pacific, to paint portraits of the native headhunters who inhabit those regions.


In the face of unanimous disapproval, the "expedition" set out, Miss Mytinger intending to pay expenses by doing portraits, along the way, of European residents of the islands.  She writes of her experiences with flavor and charm, giving a most colorful picture of exotic island life - of jungles and plantations, of native villages and customs - and her humor and anecdotes are superb...

Headhunting in the Solomon Islands by Caroline Mytinger

SKU: BS42m