Sepia - Owen Rutter 1926 - George H. Doran Company, New York - First Edition One of the first works of fiction based in North Borneo. It's a story about a newly arrived British government officer's experiences and his struggles to find a woman to love. The book was subsequently published under the title "Passion Fruit." Rutter was a civil servant employed in British North Borneo and wrote several non-fiction works about Government and the people of what is now Sabah. [k@borneo]   Major Edward Owen Rutter (1889–1944) was an English historian, novelist and travel writer. After serving as a District Magistrate with the North Borneo Civil Service from 1910 to 1915, Rutter returned to Britain during World War I and served with the 7th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment in France and on the Salonika Front. He edited the Balkan News which included, under the pseudonym "Klip-Klip", his parody of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha in serial form. Entitled Song of Tiadatha it has been described as "one of the masterpieces of Great War verse". Later published as a book, Tiadatha ("Tired Arthur") was the story of a naive, privileged young man who matures through his war experiences.

Accompanied by his wife, who also took many of the photographs for his books, Rutter travelled around the globe, making extended stops in Borneo, Hong Kong, Taiwan (then known as Formosa), Japan, Canada and the United States among other places. From 1933, he was a partner in the Golden Cockerel Press. During World War II Major Rutter worked for the Ministry of Information writing a number of booklets covering the British war effort. Rutter was fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Anthropological Institute, and was a member of the Athenaeum Club.

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  Condition: Fine in near fine jacket with light soiling to spine and rear panel.   Ref: 105144   Price: HK$ 1,000