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Paul Gauguin: Noa Noa Voyage to Tahiti

Bruno Cassirer, Oxford. h'back. 70 pages plus 15 full page plates on unnumbered pages at end of text. Additional Comments: Lavishly illustrated throughout the text with mostly full color water colors. Additional 15 pages of plates at the end of the text. This book is the English translation by Jonathan Griffin of the Gauguin's original version and with a detailed description by Jean Loize, who re-discovered the manuscript. This genuine version of Noa Noa is not only an important document, it is also a beautiful piece of writing: amusing, acid, wide-eyed, moving. Gauguin feared that, unedited, it would seem absurdly crude; and no doubt it would have, to most readers in his day.