Out of Africa

[DINESEN, Isak] BLIXEN, Karen. Out of Africa.

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[DINESEN, Isak] BLIXEN, Karen. Out of Africa. New York: Random House, 1938.

8vo., original burnt orange publisher's cloth, embossed with a flamingo design in green to upper board; contrasting black cloth spine decorated and lettered in gold; upper edge green, else untrimmed; housed in the original highly decorative dust jacket ($2.75); pp. [vi], vii-ix, [iii], 3-389, [i]; one or two corner creases to pages, and text block very lightly toned, else a lovely copy, lightly pushed to head and foot and some fading to the upper edge; jacket good to very good only, with toning to edges and darkening along spine, chipped to extremities with some loss to head and foot; some small holes and a longer split to the inner front flap. Still scarce thus.
First US edition as stated.
Dinesen, whose real name was Karen Blixen, wrote her first book when she was forty-nine, and after that one on average every ten years. Out of Africa is by far her most famous work. Her vision of Africa was written with the passion of a poet. When Ernest Hemingway accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, he declared in his acceptance speech that it was Blixen who should have won it, for this very memoir.