"I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills": First Edition of Isak Dinesen’s Out Of Africa; Finely Bound

  • Out of Africa.

Out of Africa.

Item Number: 58065

New York: Random House, 1938.

First American edition of the author’s classic memoir, which recounts events of the seventeen years when Blixen made her home in Kenya. Octavo, bound in full dark green morocco, gilt titles and ruling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition.

From 1914 to 1931, Danish aristocrat Baroness Karen Blixen owned and operated a coffee plantation in Kenya. After the plantation failed, she returned to Europe and began to write under the pen name Isak Dinesen. Out of Africa reads like a collection of stories in which she adheres to no strict chronology, gives no explanation of the facts of her life, and apologizes for nothing. Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest works of nonfiction of the twentieth century. Basis for the film directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, which went on to win seven Academy Awards.