"I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills."

    Isak Dinesen. [Karen Blixen]. Out of Africa. New York: Random House, [1938].

    First edition. Octavo. 389 pages.

    Publisher's black buckram over terra-cotta cloth with gilt titles and decorations. Original price-clipped dust jacket. Deckled fore-edge. Minimal shelf wear to the boards and jacket edges. Light toning to the endpapers. Minor wear to the spine ends of the dust jacket. Small ink smudge to front panel. A near fine copy.

    "During her lifetime Isak Dinesen's admirers ranged from Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, Marianne Moore, and Lawrence Durrell to John Gielgud, Cecil Beaton, and Edmée de la Rochefoucauld. Upon receiving the Nobel prize for literature in 1954, Hemingway said it should have gone to Dinesen. Certainly her stories invite such enthusiastic as well as refined appreciation, but the memoir Out of Africa elicits something more, a kind of holy rapture." (Michael Dirda: Classics for Pleasure, p. 228).

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