Out of Africa. By Isak Dinesen. First Edition, First Printing. Random House. New York, 1938.


Baroness Karen Blixen, better known today by her pen name Isak Dinesen, was a Danish author who received major critical and commercial acclaim in the first half of the twentieth century. Her short fiction was widely regarded as some of the best from the era, yet her most lasting contribution has certainly been her memoir, Out of Africa. It describes her many years living in Kenya as a colonial landowner. It is a complicated text, one rich in its prose and descriptions of the lives of colonizers and Africans, but one sympathetic to colonial rule and somewhat lamenting of its attrition. There is also a genuine love for the land imbued in its descriptions, and genuine sympathy for the African cultures surrounding Blixen’s social sphere, but also a naivety of race relations, power dynamics, and economic disparities. Still, the work provides a major window into the era. It is one of the most significant memoirs of the twentieth century and one of the best works set in early twentieth century Africa.

This first edition, first printing is in very good condition. In the original buckram spine and cloth boards, fine. Bronze stamped flamingo still bright. Text block near-fine, only fading to endpapers and former owner’s signature to front free endpaper. In the original dust jacket, very good with some chipping to front panel and foot of spine, minor fading to spine, and minor closed tears and creases to edges. First issue jacket with correct ads to back panel and $2.75 price to front flap.

A very good first edition of Dinesen’s classic, Out of Africa.

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Out of Africa. By Isak Dinesen. First Edition, First Printing. Random House. New York, 1938.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in