First American edition of Elspeth Huxley's On the Edge of the Rift: Memories of Kenya; lengthily inscribed to Joe Ferrier
On the Edge of the Rift: Memories of Kenya.
Item Number: 95085
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1962.
First American edition of one of Huxley’s best known works. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the title page, “For my faithful pen friend Joe Ferrier, with every good wish. ‘Standing with reluctant feet where the brook and river meet womanhood and childhood fleet!’ – Longfellow. Elspeth Huxley.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Harvey Kidder. A unique example.
Nellie and Major Josceline Grant arrived in Thika, in what was then British East Africa in 1912 where they became colonial settlers and established a coffee plantation. Their daughter, Elspeth had quite an unconventional childhood which she later wrote about in her best known work The Flame Trees of Thika (1959) which examined how unprepared for rustic life the early British settlers really were. On the Edge of the Rift continues the story when the family returns to Kenya after the first world war. Huxley recreates in vivid detail their home, native servants, hunting expeditions and travels throughout the country.