I Married Adventure – The Lives and Adventures of Martin and Osa Johnson - Osa Johnson 1940 - J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia - First Edition ‘”We're going round the world, Osa!” – Heady stuff for a dainty little Kansas girl, who had married at sixteen a handsome film photographer just back from the exotic South Seas. Osa Johnson would have been quite happy to keep home and settle down – she had never been further than thirty miles from the house she was born – but Martin Johnson and their whirlwind romance so bowled her over that all she could answer was “Well -– all right, dear”.'  – Jane Robinson, Wayward Women.

A lovely copy in the fantastic Zebra print boards, and in a rare dust jacket. The classic real life travel exploits of husband and wife adventurers Martin and Osa Johnson, this is a lively memoir relaying their journeys from Borneo, to Kenya and the Congo.

A best seller when it first appeared in 1940, its wonderful observations of nature and heart-stopping narrative are accompanied by scores of striking photographs of the Johnsons’ exotic destinations, all housed in fantastic zebra print covers.
  ‘Books of adventure are so numerous.... [But] this one is unique. It has the human quality of a novel and the permanence of social history’. - Katherine Woods, The New York Times.

Reference: Robinson 50.
pp. 376. Publisher’s zebra print cloth, brown top stain. The Dust Jacket is a Book of the Month Club Jacket issued at the same time as the first edition, and with the same design but with the BMC Logo instead of a price.

First Edition Points: 1.
Adventure in print to front boards (this narrows it down to a First Edition, a Book of the Month Club edition or the Seventh Edition, all other editions were printed ADVENTURE (in caps)). 2. Title verso states “MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY THE HADDON CRAFTSMEN, INC., CAMDEN, N.J.” (Book of the Month Club editions state “PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”. 3. If a Seventh Edition, the verso of the title page states ‘Seventh Impression’, this is not present here.
  Condition: Near fine, spine slightly toned, small owner label to upper corner of front pastedown, in very good dust jacket, 1 cm chip to spine head, some moderate chipping to corners, minor wear to edges, evidence of tape repair to verso, slight fading to spine.   Ref: 107581   Price: HK$ 2,800