SZEKELY, Ladislao. Tropic Fever. Adventures of a Planter in Sumatra … Translated by Marion Saunders. New York, Harper, 1937.
8vo. Original cloth, blocked in orange and black, colourful illustrated dust-jacket; photographic endpapers; pp. [iv], 352, ; wrapper price-clipped and with minimal marginal wear, light spotting to cloth; a very beautiful copy.
First English language edition, very rare in the wrappers. The Hungarian author spent a good part of his life as a rubber and tobacco planter on the Indonesian island. A vivid account of daily life with interesting mentionings of the local cuisine. 'The nasi goreng was terribly strong, and incredible quantities of whiskey were needed to alleviate the people's heart-burn' (p. 211).