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  • THE DONNER PARTY. by Keithley, George.
    Keithley, George.
    THE DONNER PARTY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: George Braziller, (1972) dj. Hardcover first edition - A long narrative poem, which tells the tragic story of the Donner Party - a group of families from Illinois, under the leadership of George Donner, who set out by wagon train in 1846 for California - only to find themselves trapped by early snows in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and in desperation resorting to cannibalism to survive. 254 pp. Dust jacket design by Jeanyee Wong.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (some spotting to the topstain)

    Book ID: 84745
    View cart More details Price: $20.00
  • BLACK MISCHIEF. by Waugh, Evelyn.
    Waugh, Evelyn.
    BLACK MISCHIEF.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. (1932) dj. Hardcover first edition - Waugh's third novel, a black comedy set in Africa, openly racist in its use of the worst stereotypes of Africans, although the white colonizers don't come off much better - "Seth was black, but he had been to Oxford, and admired the ways of Western Civilization. He was sorry when his savage troops ate his father, but that was part of his coup d'Etat, and set him on the throne of Azania, the African island empire which was not unlike Abyssinia. Basil Seal had known, taken up, and dropped Seth at Oxford; when he read of Seth's accession, he took his mother's jewels and a check from…

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    New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. (1932) dj. Hardcover first edition - Waugh's third novel, a black comedy set in Africa, openly racist in its use of the worst stereotypes of Africans, although the white colonizers don't come off much better - "Seth was black, but he had been to Oxford, and admired the ways of Western Civilization. He was sorry when his savage troops ate his father, but that was part of his coup d'Etat, and set him on the throne of Azania, the African island empire which was not unlike Abyssinia. Basil Seal had known, taken up, and dropped Seth at Oxford; when he read of Seth's accession, he took his mother's jewels and a check from his mistress, and sailed for Azania." Based in part of Waugh's experiences in Abyssinia, then the only independent sovereign nation in Africa (in his travel book, "'"Remote People" he described it as a a tangle of modernism and barbarity), this also was intended to satirize the situation in England, which was in a deep financial crisis, as well as social movements such as Marie Stope's campaign for birth control which was entwined with eugenics. While it was controversial at the time of its publication, most of the controversy was over its "indecency" and depiction of cannibalism - not his depiction of Africans. In fact the NY Times review in 1932 was headed "Hilarity in Africa" and called it a "brilliant comic-opera tale. . .. in fiction he is able to make his jokes broader, his wit subtler, give wider scope to his gift for creating astounding absurdities." Red, black and brown illustrated endpapers, small illustration on the title page. Map frontispiece. 312 pp.

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    Condition: Very good overall in green cloth (with the usual uneven mottling and fading) in a very worn copy of the fragile and rather brittle dust jacket, which is missing about 2 inches at the top of the dj spine, is separated along the side of the spine and mostly separated at the flap folds, and with toning and overall edgewear. Original price of $2.50 on front flap - and copies in the dust jacket are quite uncommon.

    Book ID: 87972
    View cart More details Price: $300.00