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A Grave for a Dolphin. Alberto DENTI di PIRAJNO, Val Biro, illustrates.
A Grave for a Dolphin
A Grave for a Dolphin
A Grave for a Dolphin
A Grave for a Dolphin

A Grave for a Dolphin

London: Andre Deutsch, 1956. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing of this uncommon memoir of Eritrea, Somaliland, and the shores of Bab-El-Mandeb, admired by Isak Dinesen and Harold Nicholson and one of David Bowie's favorite books. Demy 8vo (209 x 134mm): 192pp, with eleven inserted leaves of plates after monochrome photographs. Publisher's brown cloth, spine stamped in gold, title page vignette; illustrated dust jacket (by the incomparable Balint Stephen "Val" Biro), priced 15s. End papers offset and toned, jacket's back panel dust-soiled and lightly creased, else a handsome copy. Near Fine+ / Near Fine+. Item #BB2477

Alberto Denti, Duke of Pirajno, was a physician and diplomat, who served as colonial governor of Tripoli (during the short-lived Italian African empire) from 1941 until 1943, when he surrendered the city to British forces. He wrote poetry under the name Hasân-El-Tarâs (The Enchanted Minaret pretends to be a translation of the found manuscript of a Turkish poet), two books on gastronomy (Il gastronomo educato and Siciliani a tavola), and two novel (Hippolyta and La mafiosa). No. 96 on David Bowie's 100 favorite books, part of the exhibition David Bowie is, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2018. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

Price: $185.00