TO WINDWARD OF THE LAND: The Occult World of Alexander Charles.
Edition: First printing.
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, (1979). Hardcover first edition - The oral autobiography of a West Indian fisherman, who spent most of his life on Santo Domingo and on the Windward and Leeward Islands - one who "dared to go to the windward of the land, where the wind and seas are rough, the fishing is thought to be the best, and the challenge is the greatest to the fisherman in his small boat." In addition to being a fisherman, he was a sometimes smuggler, and most importantly a practitioner of black magic and bush medicine, in which he offers knowledge of magic and healing - not just as isolated cures but as integral part of his culture. in addition to the autobiography itself, this includes an extensive section of conversations with the author and her introduction and conclusions. Foreword by Roger D. Abrahams. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait and photographs. List of botanical terms, bibliography, notes. l, 309 pp. ISBN: 0-253160650.
Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.