Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1938. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First American edition, first printing. Publisher's rust-colored cloth over black spine, stamped in gilt with gilt illustration of a flamingo to front board, top edge stained green; in the original pictorial dust jacket with an illustration of a dense jungle scene. Near fine book, with very light rubbing to spine ends, gilt very bright, light offsetting, and a crease to p. 341; very good unclipped dust jacket, with light toning to spine, light chipping to spine ends, a few light marks to spine, a couple of shallow chips to top of front panel, a touch of staining to rear panel and spine, and a small 1 ½" section of loss to rear flap fold. Overall, an attractive and sturdy copy. Out of Africa is the memoir of Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke, a Danish author who published many of her works under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen, and is based on the author's experience living in Kenya when it was controlled by the British Empire. It offers a unique glimpse at life in colonial East Africa. Interestingly, while this first American edition credits Isak Dinesen on its dust jacket, the first English edition cites Karen Blixen as the author. In 1985, Out of Africa was adapted into a film of the same name starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep under the direction of Sydney Pollock. Item #ID023