New York: Random House, 1938. First Printing. Hardcover. A superlative First Edition (so stated) of the author's most renowned book. 8vo: x,389,pp. Publisher's three-quarter orange cloth, flamingo stamped in gilt to upper board, glossy black cloth spine lettered and decorated in gilt, top edge stained moss-green, fore-edge untrimmed, title page in moss-green and black; pictorial dust jacket priced $2.75. Very Fine (apparently unread), tight and square, crisp, clean pages throughout, with barely a hint of the usual toning to gutters; Very Fine, truly superb example of the jacket, completely fresh and bright without a trace of fading. Time 100. Modern Library 100. Fine+ / Fine+. Item #BB1466
¶ Dinesen’s second book, part novel, mostly memoir of her 19 years in Africa—I had a farm, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. "In 1937, the notion of a Danish woman who would serve as head of a vast African coffee plantation seemed only slightly less exotic than the notion of one who might spend her life in the Ngong hills of Kenya among the Kikuyu and Maasai. 'Here at long last one was in a position not to give a damn for all conventions, here was a new kind of freedom,' wrote the divorced, fiercely independent Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke. Her memoir depicts the close relationships she fostered among the men who worked for her, giving African characters a complexity and dignity not found in other colonial texts. The occasional brutality and profound loss that characterize colonial life do not overshadow the serenity with which Blixen-Finecke writes, fostering wanderlust in anyone who reads her book." (Time 100) The Oscar-winning film (1985), starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, was based more on Judith Thurman’s biography of Dinesen than on the book, in which Dinesen's romance with Denys Finch-Hatton is mentioned only obliquely. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.