KENYATTA, Jomo. Facing Mount Kenya. The Tribal Life of the Gukuyu … with an Introduction by B. Malinowski. [London], Secker and Warburg, 1953.
8vo. Original cloth with dust-wrappers (not price-clipped); pp. xxi, , portrait -frontispiece, sketch map and plates after photographs, apart from light spotting and marginal fraying to wrappers and a little offsetting from endpapers, a very good copy of a rare work; ownership inscription, dated Kenya, 1954 on front fly-leaf.
First published in 1938, this anthropological book is the first by the father of modern Kenya. Kenyatta, an anti-colonial activist, had studied under Bronislaw Malinowski in the 1930s at UCL. The first edition was well received in academic circles but sold only 517 copies. The publisher's note on the front flap of the wrapper of this second edition states that the facts about the Gikuyu are now 'essential for understanding Mau Mau and the present troubles in Kenya'. In 1952 Kenyatta had been arrested charged with masterminding the anti-colonial Mau Mau Uprising. He remained in prison until 1961.