Voodoo Fire in Haiti - Richard A. Loederer 1935 - Jarrolds Publishers London Limited, London - First Edition in English ‘The drums took on a different rhythm, rattling out a sharp staccato message, accompanied by the heavy pounding of the bass. Faster and faster flew the feet of the dancers as they whirled round the fire. Their smooth muscles writhed and cramped as under the blows of an invisible whip.’

From his steamer voyage from Jazz Age New York to Cap Haitien to his punishing trek through the island's interior jungle to his rapt, yet fearful, attendance at an authentic voodoo ceremony, Loederer captures the sights, sounds, and sensations of this mysterious Caribbean republic.

A selection of the magnificent chapter headings tell all... Congo Bean Stew; Massacre River; Jungle Magic; Tropical Fever; Polychromata; Black Magic; Voodoo Fire.

Illustrated by fifty one of the author's own art deco-style woodcuts, and his wonderful piratical map of Haiti used for the endpapers, which only add to the exotic appeal.
 
Translated from the German by Desmond I. Vesey. First Edition in English [published in the same year as the more common American Edition].

pp. 283 [1] viii advertisements. Page numbering includes plates. In publisher’s light green silk touch cloth, illustrated and lettered to spine in gilt, illustrated endpapers.
  Condition: Fine.   Ref: 103331   Price: HK$ 3,000