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  • THE WAR OF THE SAINTS. by Amado, Jorge.
    Amado, Jorge.
    THE WAR OF THE SAINTS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1993.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An exuberant story of love and freedom triumphant set during festival time in the Brazilian city of Bahia. Translated from the Portuguese by Gregory Rabassa. "The statue of Santa Barbara of the Thunder, most holy of icons, is bound for the city of Bahia to be enshrined at the Museum of Sacred Art. Despite all precautions, however, the unthinkable has happened: The lovely statue has vanished." But not stolen: St Barbara has come to live. Glossary. 357 pp. ISBN: 0-553-095374.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 43605
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  • Amado, Jorge.
    HOME IS THE SAILOR.

    Edition: First American edition

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - Subttled: The whole truth concerning the redoubtful adventures of Captain Vasco Moscoso de Aragao, Master Mariner. Translated from the Portuguese by Harriet de Onis. 298 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a good dust jacket (tear to dj along fold, other edgewear).

    Book ID: 41039
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  • Amado, Jorge.
    HOME IS THE SAILOR.

    Edition: First American edition

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - Subttled: The whole truth concerning the redoubtful adventures of Captain Vasco Moscoso de Aragao, Master Mariner. Translated from the Portuguese by Harriet de Onis. 298 pp.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket - a lovely copy.

    Book ID: 23472
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  • SHOWDOWN. by Amado, Jorge.
    Amado, Jorge.
    SHOWDOWN.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1988) dj. Hardcover first edition - An epic novel with a city as the central character - "Tocaia Grande, a city in the Bahian backlands of Brazil's cacao region." Translated from the Portuguese by Gregory Rabassa. 422 pp. ISBN: 0-553051741.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 79836
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  • BASTARD TONGUES: A Trail-Blazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World's Lowliest Languages. by Bickerton, Derek.
    Bickerton, Derek.
    BASTARD TONGUES: A Trail-Blazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World's Lowliest Languages.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Hill & Wang, (2008.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which "focuses on languages so low in the pecking order that many people don't regard them as languages at all - Creole languages spoken by descendants of slaves and indentured laborers in plantation colonies all over the world. . . Bickerton has spent more than thirty years researching these languages on four continents and developing a controversial theory that explains why they are so similar to one another. . . a unique blend of memoir, travelogue, history, and linguistics primer." Double page map, glossary, index. suggested reading. 270 pp. ISBN: 0-8090-28174.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56321
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  • Bojunga Nunes, Lygia.
    MY FRIEND THE PAINTER.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel for older children by this Brazilian writer who has won many awards for her work, including the international Hans Christian Anderson Award. Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero. Illustrated by Christopher DeLorenzo. ISBN: 0-15-2563407.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (rem mark)

    Book ID: 17650
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  • THE GREAT KAPOK TREE: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest. by Cherry, Lynne.
    Cherry, Lynne.
    THE GREAT KAPOK TREE: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, (1990) dj. Hardcover - An award-winning children's book, illustrated by the author. "One day, a man exhausts himself trying to chop down a giant kapok tree. While he sleeps, the forest's residents, including a child from the Yanomamo tribe, whisper in his ear about the importance of trees and how 'all living things depend on one another' . . . and it works. Cherry's colored pencil and watercolor drawings of all the 'wondrous and rare animals' evoke the lush rain forests, as well as stunning world maps bordered by tree porcupines, emerald tree boas, and dozens more fascinating creatures." Large format, unpaginated. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-15200520X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 77949
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  • Coelho, Paulo.
    THE FIFTH MOUNTAIN.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: HarperPerennial, (1999.). Fifth novel by this popular Brazilian writer, best known for "The Alchemist, 'a fable about following your dream' which has become a modern classic. Translated by Clifford E. Landers. Set in the ninth century B.C., this is a story of the Biblical prophet Elijah. 244 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0175443.

    Condition: Near fine (usual light toning to the pages.)

    Book ID: 47770
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  • THE FIFTH MOUNTAIN. by Coelho, Paulo.
    Coelho, Paulo.
    THE FIFTH MOUNTAIN.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: HarperCollins / HarperFlamingo (1998.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Fifth novel by this popular Brazilian writer, best known for "The Alchemist, 'a fable about following your dream' which has become a modern classic. Translated by Clifford E. Landers. Set in the ninth century B.C., this is a story of the Biblical prophet Elijah. 244 pp. Dust jacket design by Chip Kidd. ISBN: 0-06-0175443.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dustjacket (crease to front flap of dj.)

    Book ID: 46701
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  • Fonseca, Rubem.
    VAST EMOTIONS AND IMPERFECT THOUGHTS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, (1998.) dj. Hardcover first edition - From the dustjacket: 'A literary thriller from Brazil's best-selling novelist....A grieving film director in Rio--the nameless narrator--is visited by a Carnival dancer who leaves him with a box full of precious gems. A few days later, the dancer is dead, a man in a raincoat lurks outside the director's door, and a mysterious German producer surfaces with an irresistible offer: to make a film based on a story by the director's favorite author, the great Russian writer Isaac Babel.' Translated from the Portuguese by Clifford E. Landers. 312 pp. ISBN: 0-88001-5837.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 31517
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  • BUFO AND SPALLANZANI. by Fonseca, Rubem.
    Fonseca, Rubem.
    BUFO AND SPALLANZANI.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Dutton, (1990.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Translated by Clifford E. Landers. Fonseca is one of Brazil's most popular writers, and this book is his second to be published in the US. 249 pp. ISBN: 0-525-248722.

    Condition: Just about fine in a fine dustjacket (a new unread copy, but with a remainder line.)

    Book ID: 11241
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  • VAST EMOTIONS AND IMPERFECT THOUGHTS. by Fonseca, Rubem.
    Fonseca, Rubem.
    VAST EMOTIONS AND IMPERFECT THOUGHTS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, (1998.) dj. Hardcover first edition - From the dustjacket: 'A literary thriller from Brazil's best-selling novelist....A grieving film director in Rio--the nameless narrator--is visited by a Carnival dancer who leaves him with a box full of precious gems. A few days later, the dancer is dead, a man in a raincoat lurks outside the director's door, and a mysterious German producer surfaces with an irresistible offer: to make a film based on a story by the director's favorite author, the great Russian writer Isaac Babel.' Translated from the Portuguese by Clifford E. Landers. 312 pp. ISBN: 0-88001-5837.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 40128
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  • Freyre, Gilberto.
    THE MASTERS AND THE SLAVES: A Study in the Development of Brazilian Civilization.

    Edition: First thus. Second English Language edition, revised.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1956. dj. Hardcover first edition - Translated from the Portuguese by Samuel Putnam. In addition to significant revisions to Freyre's masterwork - probably the most significant book written on the history of Brazilian culture - this includes an extended new preface, Illustrated, including a fold-out plan of a plantation house. Footnotes, Glossary, Bibliography, Index. lxxi, 537, xliv pp.

    Condition: Very good+ in a good+ dust jacket (prev owner's name, some discoloration to the endpapers, as is common with this title, chipping and general edgewear to dj, loss of about 1 cm at top of dj spine, original price of 8.50 still present.).

    Book ID: 37630
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  • WALKING WORDS. by Galeano, Eduardo (1940-2015). Woodcuts by Jose Francisco Borges.
    Galeano, Eduardo (1940-2015). Woodcuts by Jose Francisco Borges.
    WALKING WORDS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Norton, (1995) dj. Hardcover first edition - An unusual collaboration by this writer from Uruguay- and artist from Brazil - one which "draws on the folklore of rural and urban Latin America to discover and retell 'the stories of ghouls and fools that Id like to write.' . . beautifully illustrated by the Brazilian woodcut artist JosŽ Francisco Borges" Translated from the Spanish by Mark Fried. 328 pp. ISBN: 0-393037827.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 74837
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  • DECEMBER HEAT. by Garcia-Roza, Luis Alfredo.
    Garcia-Roza, Luis Alfredo.
    DECEMBER HEAT.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Picador, (2004.). The second book in the Inspector Espinoza mystery series, set in Rio de Janero, by this Brazilian author. Translated from the Portuguese by Benjamin Moser. 273 pp. ISBN: 0-312-423438.

    Condition: Very good (usual toning to the pages, slight curling to the covers.)

    Book ID: 50785
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  • AGOTIME: Her Legend. by Gleason, Judith.
    Gleason, Judith.
    AGOTIME: Her Legend.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Grossman Publishers, 1970. dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel based on the story of a Black queen of Dahomy who was sold into slavery after the death of her husband, and brought to Brazil her vudu, Zomadonu, king of the water spirits. A book which is "at once an historical novel, an African folk-legend, and a tale of the supernatural and the occult." Ends with a chapter on "In Search of the Legend." Illustrated with drawings by Carybe. Glossary, 300 pp plus 2 pp of maps. Dust jacket art by Jacqueline Schuman.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, missing front endpaper but otherwise good condition, tight and clean in a near fine unmarked dust jacket.

    Book ID: 79369
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  • Guillermoprieto, Alma.
    SAMBA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990. dj. Hardcover first edition - An examination of the history and culture of black Braziliams and of the social and spirtitual energies in the rhthyms and ritual of the samba. The story of Rio's carnival by this Mexican journalist and dancer. 244 pp. ISBN: 0-394-571894.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 29293
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  • BARTLEBY IN MANHATTAN and Other Essays. by Hardwick, Elizabeth (1916 -2007.)
    Hardwick, Elizabeth (1916 -2007.)
    BARTLEBY IN MANHATTAN and Other Essays.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1983.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Collection of essays by this underrated, but important mid-20th century writer, wife of the poet Robert Lowell, novelist, one of the founders of the New York Review of Books and much. Incisive commentary on topics ranging from the Rolling Stones's concert at Altamont, Billy Graham and the television evangelists, to Memphis after the assassination of Martin Luther King, a protrait of Simone Weil, and essays on contemporary fiction and theatrical performances. Errata slip laid in. 292 pp. ISBN: 0-394528808.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 42388
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  • BARTLEBY IN MANHATTAN and Other Essays. by Hardwick, Elizabeth (1916 -2007.)
    Hardwick, Elizabeth (1916 -2007.)
    BARTLEBY IN MANHATTAN and Other Essays.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1983.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Collection of essays by this underrated, but important mid-20th century writer, wife of the poet Robert Lowell, novelist, one of the founders of the New York Review of Books and much. Incisive commentary on topics ranging from the Rolling Stones's concert at Altamont, Billy Graham and the television evangelists, to Memphis after the assassination of Martin Luther King, a protrait of Simone Weil, and essays on contemporary fiction and theatrical performances. 292 pp. ISBN: 0-394528808.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (remainder line.)

    Book ID: 42389
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  • Hatoum, Milton.
    THE BROTHERS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2002.). First edition - Novel set among the Lebanese immigrant community in a Brazilian port city - the story of a family's disintegration, of a changing city and of the culture clash between native-born inhabitants and a new immigrant group. Translated from the Portuguese by John Gledson. Glossary. 226 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (a new copy)

    Book ID: 31498
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  • LOOSE SUGAR. by Hillman, Brenda.
    Hillman, Brenda.
    LOOSE SUGAR.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Hanover & London: Wesleyan / University Press of New England (1997.). SIGNED first edition - Sixth book by this award winning poet - the title sequence refers to the ground cane sugar of her childhood in Brazil. SIGNED on the title page. Cover praise from Barbara Guest. 115 pp. ISBN: 0-819522430.

    Condition: Good overall in illustrated wrappers (ink notations on the first page, but otherwise clean and tight)

    Book ID: 72652
    Keywords: brazil, Poetry
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  • TWO BOYS IN SOUTH-AMERICAN JUNGLES Or Railroading on the Madeira-Mamore. by Jekyll, Grace B.
    Jekyll, Grace B.
    TWO BOYS IN SOUTH-AMERICAN JUNGLES Or Railroading on the Madeira-Mamore.

    Edition: Fourth printing.

    New York: Dutton, (1938, c 1929) dj. Hardcover - Uncommon novel for older children and young adults written by the wife of a member of the engineering firm - May, Jekyll and Randolph - who were contracted by the wealthy American entrepreneur Percival Farquahar to build the line from the Bolivian border to Porto Velho. As she notes in the preface "day by day, for months, I witnessed its construction." Construction of this now long abandoned Madeira-Mamore Railroad took almost 6 years, from 1907 to 1912, and it became known as the Devil's Railroad because of the thousands of deaths of construction worker. This book tells the story of "two brothers in search of fortune and fame, travel from…

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    New York: Dutton, (1938, c 1929) dj. Hardcover - Uncommon novel for older children and young adults written by the wife of a member of the engineering firm - May, Jekyll and Randolph - who were contracted by the wealthy American entrepreneur Percival Farquahar to build the line from the Bolivian border to Porto Velho. As she notes in the preface "day by day, for months, I witnessed its construction." Construction of this now long abandoned Madeira-Mamore Railroad took almost 6 years, from 1907 to 1912, and it became known as the Devil's Railroad because of the thousands of deaths of construction worker. This book tells the story of "two brothers in search of fortune and fame, travel from New York to Porto Velho, 1,700 miles up the Amazon & Madeira Rivers beyond the last outposts of civilization. The path of adventure takes one of boys to the front line camps, where he has many startling and unusual experiences with poisonous snakes and Indians and is kept captive by a white man on his rubber plantation. "Illustrated with "strong black and white drawings" by Beth Krebs Morris (a frontispiece and 7 internal plates) ix, 167 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in very good- dust jacket (price-clipped, overall edge and some small chips to the dust jacket.)

    Book ID: 78640
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  • XARQUE AND OTHER POEMS. by Jones, Gayl.
    Jones, Gayl.
    XARQUE AND OTHER POEMS.

    Edition: First printing, a slim trade paperback, not issued in hardcover.

    Detroit: Lotus Press, 1985. First edition - The title poem is a long historical narrative poem set in Brazil in 1741, twenty years after the destruction of the second Palmares, one of the settlements founded in that country by escaped African slaves. 70 pp. Cover drawing by James Lewis. ISBN: 0-91641860X.

    Condition: Fine in stiff printed green wrappers (as new.)

    Book ID: 34799
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  • Jones, Gayl.
    SONG FOR ANNINHO

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Beacon, 1999. dj. Hardcover first edition - Reissue of this long narrative poem originally published by a small press in 1981. Set in Palamares, a fugitive slave enclave in Brazil, this is the story of escaped African slave Anninho. In 2021, Jones's first novel in over 20 years "Palomares" is scheduled to be released by Beacon Press.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (a new unread copy, but some slight signs of handling, remainder dot.)

    Book ID: 14072
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  • THE HERMIT-WOMAN: Poems by Jones, Gayl
    Jones, Gayl
    THE HERMIT-WOMAN: Poems

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    Detroit: Lotus Press, 1983. First edition - A collection of several narrative poems by this African American novelist, told in the first person, and reflecting Jones' interest in the African presence in 17th and 18th century Mexico and Brazil. One poem - "The Machete Woman" - tells the story of an African slave who takes refuge in a convent in 1637 after hacking to death her mistress. 75 pp. ISBN: 0-916418-43x.

    Condition: Fine in stiff glossy orange wrappers (as new)

    Book ID: 56401
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  • [Machado De Assis, Joaquim Maria 1839-1908] Graham, Richard, Editor.
    MACHADO DE ASSIS: Reflections on a Brazilian Master Writer.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, (1999.). First edition - Four essays that discuss the writing and major novels of the noted 19th century Brazilian author Machado de Ass’s - who despite all obstacles - he was the son of a mulatto house painter, educated primarily in "the kitchen of a girl's school" where his stepmother worked, suffered from illness and epilepsy since childhood, never travelled outside Brazil and rarely left his native Rio de Janeiro - became one of the greatest Brazilian writers, known for his psychological insights and his literary brilliance. This book includes "Dom Casmurro: Realism and Internationalism Revisted" by John Gledson, "Dom Casmurro: Simulacrum and Allegory" by Jo‹o Adolfo Hansen, "Dependents Play Chess: Political Dialogues…

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    Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, (1999.). First edition - Four essays that discuss the writing and major novels of the noted 19th century Brazilian author Machado de Ass’s - who despite all obstacles - he was the son of a mulatto house painter, educated primarily in "the kitchen of a girl's school" where his stepmother worked, suffered from illness and epilepsy since childhood, never travelled outside Brazil and rarely left his native Rio de Janeiro - became one of the greatest Brazilian writers, known for his psychological insights and his literary brilliance. This book includes "Dom Casmurro: Realism and Internationalism Revisted" by John Gledson, "Dom Casmurro: Simulacrum and Allegory" by Jo‹o Adolfo Hansen, "Dependents Play Chess: Political Dialogues in Machado de Ass’s" by Sidney Chalhoub, and "Machado in English" by Daphne Patai. Edited and with an introduction by Richard Graham. A title in the Critical Reflections on Latin America Series. References, index. 134 pp. ISBN: 0-292728220.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 36793
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  • BRASYL. by McDonald, Ian.
    McDonald, Ian.
    BRASYL.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Amherst, NY: Pyr / Prometheus Books, (2007) dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel, part science fiction, part history and part mystery in which past, present, and future Brazil come together. In the near future, a self-made man finds himself in a Sao Paolo of both riches and poverty and in a total surveillance society where every move, face and centavo is tracked. 354 pp plus playlist. ISBN: 978-1591025436.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 77886
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  • BAY OF ALL SAINTS AND EVERY CONCEIVABLE SIN. by Miranda, Ana.
    Miranda, Ana.
    BAY OF ALL SAINTS AND EVERY CONCEIVABLE SIN.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Viking, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - First novel by this Brazilian artist and poet, a story of 'murder, rebellion and revenge' set in Bahia, the capital of 17th century colonial Brazil. Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontierro. The translator's note quotes a contemporary history as saying that Bahia was 'a hell for blacks, a purgatory for whites and a paradise for mulattos.'. ISBN: 0-670-834556.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (remainder mark, short closed tear to upper corner of dj.)

    Book ID: 25219
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  • Nabuco, Carolina (signed, translated and edited by Ronald Hilton.)
    THE LIFE OF JOAQUIM NABUCO.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1950. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A biography of the Brazilian statesman, a leader in the campaign for the abolition of slavery in Brazil, and the first Brazilian ambassador to the US, by his daughter. This copy is INSCRIBED by Hilton, who translated it, and also provided a historical introduction. Issued in conjunction with the centenary of Nabuco's birth. Frontispiece, map endpapers, bibliographical note, index. 373 pages.

    Condition: Near fine in a somewhat worn, very good- overall, dust jacket (general light edgewear to dj, closed tear to back cover.)

    Book ID: 18062
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  • Nabuco, Carolina (translated and edited by Ronald Hilton.)
    THE LIFE OF JOAQUIM NABUCO.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1950. dj. Hardcover first edition - A biography of the Brazilian statesman, a leader in the campaign for the abolition of slavery in Brazil, and the first Brazilian ambassador to the US, by his daughter. Ronald Hilton, the translator, also provided a historical introduction. Issued in conjunction with the centenary of Nabuco's birth. Frontispiece, map endpapers, bibliographical note, index. 373 pages.

    Condition: Near fine in a somewhat worn, but still good, dust jacket (general edgewear to dj, some small chips, and several closed tears.)

    Book ID: 36986
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