Out of Africa

London: The Folio Society, 1980. Peter Pendrey (lino-cuts). First Folio Society Edition, Second Printing. Hardcover. Used - Very Good/Fine. Green top edge stain. Light foxing to edges. Illustrated fine cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Corners sharp. Clean, unmarked, tight. Maps on front and rear pastedowns. Illustrated. 16 x 24 cm. 296 pp. / No dust jacket (as issued). Slipcase is in very good condition. Tight. Some discoloration from age. No cracks or tears. Item #10107

From our Instagram post for this book, dated 11 April 2019:

Karen Blixen in ‘Out of Africa’:

>>>The ideas of justice of Europe and Africa are not the same and those of the one world are unbearable to the other. To the African there is but one way of counterbalancing the catastrophes of existence, it shall be done by replacement; he does not look for the motive of an action. Whether you lie in wait for your enemy and cut his throat in the dark; or you fell a free, and a thoughtless stranger passes by and is killed: so far as punishment goes, to the native mind, it is the same thing. A loss has been brought upon the community and must be made up for, somewhere, by somebody. The native will not give time or thought to the weighing up of guilt or desert: either he fears that this may lead him too far, or he reasons that such things are no concern of his. But he will devote himself, in endless speculations, to the method by which crime or disaster shall be weighed up in sheep and goats -- time does not count to him; he leads you solemnly into a sacred maze of sophistry. In those days this went against my ideas of justice. <<<

This is a vintage 1980 Folio Society edition of Karen Blixen’s ‘Out of Africa’, first published in 1937, with a special introduction by Elspeth Huxley and lino-cuts by Peter Pendrey.

Karen Blixen died in 1962 at the age of 77 in her birthplace of Rungstedlund, Denmark.

She was buried under a beech tree along with some soil from the farm in which she had once resided in Kenya. Because, as Huxley so eloquently tells us in her introduction, while Blixen spent ‘only eighteen of her seventy-seven years … in Africa, there her heart had remained; and the book she made from her memories has become her memorial.’.

Price: HK$220.00