I Married Adventure: The Life and Adventures of Martin and Osa Johnson.

"Best African Wishes": I Married Adventure; Inscribed by Osa Johnson

I Married Adventure: The Life and Adventures of Martin and Osa Johnson.



Item Number: 143893

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1940.

First edition of Johnson’s classic work. Octavo, original striped cloth, photographic endpapers illustrated with 83 aquatone illustrations. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Esther Bates With my very best African wishes. Affectionately Osa Johnson.” Near fine in a good dust jacket with chips and wear.

In the first half of the 20th century an American couple, Martin and Osa Johnson—from Lincoln, Kansas and Chanute, Kansas, respectively—captured the public's imagination through their films and books of adventure in exotic, faraway lands. Photographers, explorers, marketers, naturalists and authors, Martin and Osa studied the wildlife and peoples of East and Central Africa, the South Pacific Islands and British North Borneo. They explored then-unknown lands and brought back film footage and photographs, offering many Americans their first understanding of these distant lands. "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).

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