Saturday, October 20, 2012
Frans Rahardjo: Domba-domba viaduct, 1973. Published in Ende (Flores).
Domba-domba viaduct (drama dua babak)
Ende (Flores), Nusa Indah (percetakan Arnoldus), 1973.
20 x 14 cm, 48 pp., stapled booklet, front wrapper illustrated in purple.
Scarce first (and probably only) edition of this philosophical drama, published in Flores, with a very nice pictorial cover.
Nice stamp from "Teater Mandiri" on title page.
Non-religious, educational or folkloric books published in eastern Indonesia are rare. The Arnoldus press was founded in 1925 by catholic mission Societas Verbi Divini and was leant against the Nusa Indah publishing house and bookshop in 1955 (see Henri Chambert-Loir in Archipel, n° 8, 1974, pp. 31-34).
Some slight signs of wear but still a very good copy.