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1938 "First Edition" stated on copyright page; original price stamped on inside of front dust jacket ($2.75); Random House publishers, New York; hardbound; very good condition of book with unmarked pages and deckled page cut type; embossed flamingo on front orange board very good; gilt lettering and designs on book spine quite vivid; strong binding; dust jacket is quite good with minimal edge wear.  see pics for additional condition.


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'Out of Africa' is Isak Dinesen's memoir of her years in Africa, from 1914 to 1931, on a four-thousand-acre coffee plantation in the hills near Nairobi. She had come to Kenya from Denmark with her husband, and when they separated she stayed on to manage the farm by herself, visited frequently by her lover, the big-game hunter Denys Finch-Hatton, for whom she would make up stories "like Scheherazade." In Africa, "I learned how to tell tales," she recalled many years later. "The natives have an ear still. I told stories constantly to them, all kinds." Her account of her African adventures, written after she had lost her beloved farm and returned to Denmark, is that of a master storyteller, a woman whom John Updike called "one of the most picturesque and flamboyant literary personalities of the century."

OUT OF AFRICA by Isak Dinesen

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