Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen 1938 - Random House, New York - First American Edition I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills….

A stunning copy of what Truman Capote called ‘one of the most beautiful books of the 20th century’.

Karen Blixen’s poignant account of her life on a coffee plantation in Kenya, and the basis for the memorable film, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
  Dinesen’s life was far bleaker than that painted in this wonderful book.

Having moved to Africa with her new husband whom she married after her true love at the time, her husband’s twin brother did not return her affections. She later contracted Syphilis from her husband, who had been having extramarital affairs, and she returned to Denmark for treatment. On her return to Africa the marriage deteriorated, and she began to have affairs, most significantly with Denys Finch-Hatton, a classic British aristocrat and professional big game hunter. Denys died in a plane crash in 1931, at which point it seems that Dinesen realised she had lost the true love of her life; this, despite the fact that he had been also having an affair with famous female adventurer and pilot, Beryl Markham. Following his death and the bankruptcy of the coffee plantation Dinesen returned to Denmark, where she began writing.

Provenance: Marcie Shafer with her contemporary signature dated 1938.

References: Penguin, web.

Octavo (book size 21.3 x 14.7 cm) pp. ix [1] 389 [1]. In publisher’s quarter black cloth over dark orange cloth boards, gilt lettering and decoration to spine, gilt flamingo to upper board, top edge tinted green, top end bottom edge trimmed, outer edge untrimmed. Dust jacket priced priced $2.75 to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket, gently toned to folds and spine, light wear to spine ends.   Ref: 109240   Price: HK$ 8,000