DENTI DI PIRAJNO, Alberto. A Cure for Serpents. A Doctor in Africa. Translated by Kathleen Naylor. [London], Andre Deutsch, .
8vo. Original boards with illustrated dust-wrappers; pp. 263, double-page sketch map, plates after photographs; wrapper with a few marginal tears, otherwise very good.
The Duke, physician and colonial administrator Alberto Denti di Pirajno, who had worked in Italian controlled Africa, i.e. Libya (governor of Tripoli from 1941 to 1943, when he surrendered to the British), Ethiopia and Somaliland wrote this book of anecdotal recollections of these countries in English. He wrote as well poetry under the name Hasân-El-Tarâs, on gastronomy and a novel. His African travel writing was admired by Harold Nicholson and Tanja Blixen.