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Tales Of the South Pacific

By Michener, James a




Tales of the South Pacific is a Pulitzer Prize winning collection of sequentially related short stories about World War II, written by James A. Michener in 1946. The stories were based on observations and anecdotes he collected while stationed as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy on the island of Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides Islands (now known as Vanuatu). The skipper of PT-105 met Michener while stationed at the PT boat base on Tulagi in the Solomon Islands. The stories take place in and surrounding the Coral Sea and the Solomons. Michener gives a first-person voice to several as an unnamed "Commander" performing duties similar to those he performed himself. The stories are interconnected by recurring characters and several loose plot lines (in particular, preparations and execution of a fictitious amphibious invasion code-named "Alligator") but focus on interactions between Americans and a variety of colonial, immigrant and indigenous characters. The chronology of the stories takes place from before the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 to early 1944. Although primarily about the U.S. Navy, most of the action is shore-based, and none concerns ships larger than an LCI. The musical play South Pacific, by Rodgers and Hammerstein, was based on these stories. Characters from the stories are merged and simplified to serve the format of the musical. For example, while the coastwatcher in the musical was portrayed as an American Marine (Lt. Cable) assisted by an ex-patriate French plantation owner (Emile de Becque), in the original story ("The Remittance Man"), the coastwatcher was an English ex-patriate assisted by his native companions. This coastwatcher is a disembodied voice on a short-wave radio, and is never seen by the characters in the story until his head is found impaled on a stake by a search-and-rescue party. The character of de Becque in the short story has eight mixed-race illegitimate daughters by four different women, none of whom he married, when he meets the nurse Ensign Nellie Forbush. In the musical, he has two legitimate mixed-race children by a woman whom he had married and who had died.


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Tales of the South Pacific

James A. Michener

Macmillan Company, 1947-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good-/Very Good-. Signed. First printing. Flat SIGNED by James Michener on the half title page. The volume is edge rubbed, bumped on the spine ends and corners, and has a small (1/8" x 1/16") hole with stain on the front panel. The pages are light to moderately age toned and the half title page has a crease on the top front corner and a 1/2" closed tear on top of the page. Finally, the pastedowns and endpapers are of a heavier stock than the text. The unclipped dust jacket (priced at $3.00), sleeved in mylar, has light soiling (foxing) along the top flap edges, a 3/8" closed tear on the top of the front panel, a 3/16" chip at the base of the front panel, and shallow chips on the spine ends and corners. Finally the book has a bit of that old book (not mustiness) smell to it. First printing of the first edition. Winner of the 1948 Pulitizer Prize in fiction and

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Tales of the South Pacific

Michener, James A.

Macmillan, 1947. First Edition (first printing). The first book by the prolific author of THE SOURCE and HAWAII, a collection of stories told by a young naval officer during World War II whose duties took him up and down the islands of the South Pacific. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and basis for the musical play and film. This is the issue with the $3.00 price placed horizontally on the bottom of the front dust jacket flap. Very Good/Very Good -- with the usual browning to the pages and closed tears/edge wear that normally plague the fragile dust jacket. Still, with very clean jacket flaps and none of the usual fading found on many copies. A tiny bookstore sticker is attached to the bottom of the front end paper. Signed by Michener on a "Tales of the South Pacific" custom-made book plate (produced with an old typewriter) which is laid in (not attached) to the book.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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$1,500.00

Tales of the South Pacific

James a. Michener

Macmillan Company, 1947. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Fine Copy In Like First Issue Price Clipped Jacket. Light Yellowing of Pages As Usual. First Printing Stated. Sharp Copy Light Rubbing To Heel. Scarce in This Condition. Beautiful Copy..

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$750.00

Tales of the South Pacific

Michener, James A.

Macmillan, 1947 A near fine first edition in a very good dust jacket repaired along the bottom edge. First Printing stated on the copyright page and 1947 on the title page, original price of $3 still on the front flap of the jacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.

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$500.00

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Tales of the South Pacific

Michener, James A.

New York: The Macmillan Co, 1950. Limited Edition. Octavo. The golden anniversary of the American Booksellers Association. Limited to 1500 copies signed by the author. 326pp., bound in pictorial gilt blue cloth, spine gilt but gilt faded, minor wear to corners joints rubbed and a scratch to rear board. A very good copy.

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$275.00

Tales of the South Pacific

Michener, James A.

Fawcett. PAPERBACK. 0449203166 Thousands of Happy Customers! . Good.

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$200.00

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Tales of the South Pacific

Michener, James A. (James Albert), 1907-1997. ; William Franklin Draper

Franklin Center, Pa. : Franklin Library, 1975, 1975. Book. As New. Hardcover. 413 p., [26] leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 23 cm. ; LCCN: 76-364690 ; LC: PZ3.M583; PS3525.I19; Dewey: 813/.5/4 ; OCLC: 2309228 ; "A Limited edition" ; full green leather with gold lettering and designs ; all edges gilt ; silk moire endpapers ; Illustrations byWilliam Franklin Draper ; "The tales are told by a young naval officer whose duties on an admiral's staff take him up and down the islands. He meets many people, both service men and the original inhabitants, and hears their stories - the remittance man who lived among the Japanese and, radioed their movements until one fatal and dramatic morning; Bloody Mary, the Tonkinese woman who introduced her daughter to a young Marine lieutenant; Emile de Becque, the French planter who fell in love with an American nurse; Tony Fry, the individualist who fought a very personal war in his own very effective way; Lieutenant Bill Harbison, who lived like a hero but turned out to be a louse; and the young enlisted man from Ohio who was going to pieces on one of the islands until a Sea Bee gave him a reason for living.Because Mr. Michener was there, he is able to reproduce exactly the mood and atmosphere of the early critical days of the Pacific War. Because, in addition, he has a lively imagination and inventive power, he has turned this raw material into stories that will be eagerly read for their dramatization of the greatest adventure of our generation." ; AS NEW .

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TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

MICHENER, James A.

New York City: MacMillan Company. Vg+/vg+ (sl bumping to spine ends, light wear to dj edges). 1947. hb. 8vo, pp. 326. Michener's first work of fiction, and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. . This is the third printing of the first edition, showing the price of $3.00 on the dust jacket flap. The book, being printed with inferior post-war paper, has yellowed somewhere but is perfectly readable. The binding shows very light shelf wear, limited to the extremities. The book is in very good condition overall. The dust jacket is rubbed at the folds, with minor loss to the bottom of the spine and a small, but noticeable, chip to the top of the rear panel. .

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$150.00

Tales of the South Pacific

Michener, James A.

The Franklin Library, Pennsylvania, 1975 Fine limited edition from The Franklin Library. Pulitzer Prize winning novel in 1948. Full leather bound with gilt detailing and a satin ribbon book marker.. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket.

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$125.00

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TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Michener, James A.

Shelton, CT: The First Edition Library - FEL. Facsimile edition. First Edition Thus; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine dust jacket in a Fine slipcase. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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Tales of the South Pacific

James A. Michener

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1949 dust jacket has a small tear on cover and is NOT price clipped, rubbed on edges, previous owners name written on first front end page. shelf MM-7

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$76.99

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Tales of the South Pacific [First Edition Library Facsimile]

James A. Michener

First Edition Library (1974), 1974-01-01. Hardcover. New. Brand new in original plastic wrap.

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$74.97

Talesof the South Pacific

James A. Michener

Fawcett Publications. Very Good-. 1947. First Printing. Paperback. Yellowing pages reinforced spine cover scuffing; Original paperback publication with original artwork ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 384 pages .

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$67.50

Tales of the South Pacific

Michener, James A. & Illustrated By Philippe Weisbecker

The Franklin Library. Near Fine. 1986. Leather Bound. A Good Read ships from Toronto and Niagara Falls, NY - customers outside of North America please allow two to three weeks for delivery. Small indentation to gilt on fore-edge. ; 7.20 X 4.10 X 1.10 inches; 415 pages .

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$60.00

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Tales of the South Pacific

James A Michener

Reader's Digest Association, 1995-01-01. Reader's Digest Edition. Hardcover. Used:Good. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

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$55.15

Tales of the South Pacific

James A. Michener

G K Hall & Co, 1981-12. Hardcover. Good. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

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$54.89

Tales of the South Pacific

Michener, James A.

The Franklin Library, 1982. hardcover. as new. The Franklin Library, Pub., Franklin Center, PA., 1982; A Limited Edition; bound in full leather; Illustrated by Dwight C. Shepler and William F. Draper; AS NEW condition; James A. Michener; Fine Bindings

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$52.50

Tales of the South Pacific

James A. Michener

Macmillan Company, 1947-01-01. Hardcover. Good. 1947 Macmillan first edition third printing in tattered and toned price intact jacket. Book is unmarked but toned. Please email for photos.

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$49.00

The Razor's Edge

W. Somerset Maugham

Doubleday Doran. 1944. First Edition. Stated first edition. No dustjacket. Good condition.

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$45.00

Tales of the South Pacific.

Michener, James A.

Franklin Library, 1975., 1975.. Fine.. Full green leather, decoratively gilt.

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$40.00