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  • LYRICS ALLEY. by Aboulela, Leila.
    Aboulela, Leila.
    LYRICS ALLEY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Grove Press, (2010). First edition - Novel set in 1950s Sudan, as British rule is coming to an end, by this award winning author, the story of a powerful dynasty trying to reconcile the pull of tradition and the need to move forward in a rapidly changing country. 308 pp plus author's note.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 64304
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  • A HISTORY OF ZANZIBAR: A Study in Constitutional Development 1934-64 by Ayany, S. G.
    Ayany, S. G.
    A HISTORY OF ZANZIBAR: A Study in Constitutional Development 1934-64

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Nairobi, Kenya: Kenya Literature Bureau, (1983, c 1970). Illustrated with maps and photographs. Includes several appendices, bibliography, index. 208 pp.

    Condition: Very good in printed blue and black wrappers (toning to pages, but otherwise clean and tight)

    Book ID: 85081
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  • Brodrick, Alan Houghton.
    MIRAGE OF AFRICA.

    Edition: Reprint. (First US printing.)

    Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, (1979.) dj. Hardcover - Originally published in 1953 in the UK. In this book, the author travelled 'southwards from the Mediterranean coast to the sands, the heart of the Sahara, and beyond to the savannas of the Sudan and the fringes of the great forests' - to Niger, Libya and French Equatorial Africa. Illustrated with 33 photographs, mostly of art and architectural ruins. Index. 212 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-837151864.

    Condition: Fine in dark red cloth, no dustjacket as issued.

    Book ID: 38397
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  • THE STRANGLER VINE. by Carter, M. J. [Miranda]
    Carter, M. J. [Miranda]
    THE STRANGLER VINE.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Putnam, (2015) dj. Hardcover - The author's first novel (preceded by two works of nonfiction published as Miranda Carter) Set in colonial India in 1837, this introduces Blake and Avery, an unlikely investigative pair - "William Avery is a young soldier with few prospects except rotting away in campaigns in India; Jeremiah Blake is a secret political agent gone native, a genius at languages and disguises, disenchanted with the whole ethos of British rule, but who cannot resist the challenge of an unresolved mystery." Historical note and afterward, Glossary, map endpapers. 369 pp. ISBN: 978-0399171673.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 74669
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  • THE NIGHT TIGER. by Choo, Yangsze.
    Choo, Yangsze.
    THE NIGHT TIGER.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Flatiron Books, (2019). SIGNED first edition - The second novel by this author who grew up in Malaysia herself, set in the world of 1930s British colonial Malaya. "Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother's Mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin plunges into a dark adventure: a mirror world of secrets and superstitions." SIGNED on the title page with the words "Best wishes" and dated in 2018, that is, before publication. Promotional postcard laid in. Author's historical note on weretigers and more. 372 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers. An uncommon advance issue, and especially so signed.

    Book ID: 85432
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  • Clements, Frank.
    RHODESIA: A Study of the Deterioration of a White Society.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Frederick A. Praeger, Inc, 1969. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the white minority of Rhodesia who, under Ian Smith, continued to defy the black majority, by a journalist and broadcaster, former mayor of the Rhodesian capital of Salisbury, and a resident of Rhodesia for 20 years, until he was forced to return to England by Smith's actions. Index. 286 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jackeT (dampstaining at bottom of textblock, not affecting the text at all.)

    Book ID: 24717
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  • THE DAMASCENED BLADE. by Cleverly, Barbara.
    Cleverly, Barbara.
    THE DAMASCENED BLADE.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Constable & Co., Ltd. (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The third Joe Sandilands novel set in 1922, where Joe, on secondment from Scotland Yard, is spending a fortnight's leave with an old army friend, commander of the frontline fort at Gor Khatri, where an uneasy truce has been holding with the Afghans to the North. SIGNED by the author on the title page. 287 pp. ISBN: 1-841196762.

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

    Book ID: 75395
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  • THE PLACE TIGER. by Cleverly, Barbara.
    Cleverly, Barbara.
    THE PLACE TIGER.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Constable & Co., Ltd. (2004) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The fourth Joe Sandilands novel set in 1922, where a tiger turned man-eater is terrorizing the northern villages of Ranipur. SIGNED by the author on the title page. 304 pp. ISBN: 1-841198129.

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

    Book ID: 75396
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  • RAGTIME IN SIMLA. by Cleverly, Barbara.. Appreciation by H. F. R. Keating.
    Cleverly, Barbara.. Appreciation by H. F. R. Keating.
    RAGTIME IN SIMLA.

    Edition: Limited, signed first edition.

    Gladestry, UK: Scorpion Press, (2002) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Mystery set in 1919 colonial India. Numbered 40 out of 80, and SIGNED by the author on the limitation page. Includes an essay of appreciation by H. F. R. Keating. Bound in marbled boards and half leather, gilt lettering on spine. 370 pp. ISBN: 1-87356757X.

    Condition: Fine in fine original mylar dust jacket.

    Book ID: 71194
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  • Davidson, Basil.
    THE LIBERATION OF GUINE: Aspects of an African Revolution.

    Edition: Paperback.

    London: Penguin, (1971). Foreword by Amilcar Cabral, An "important new field-study of guerrilla warfare in an African context.. Quoting extensively from the private archives of the African Independance Party of Guin and the Cape Verde Islands (PAIGC) and from speeches of Amilcar Cabral, Davidson shows the importance of this guerrilla war for the rest of Africa and indeed for the whole of the Third World." A very personal account which begins with Davidson witnessing the Portuguese dropping napalm on the rebels and villagers. A title in the Penguin African Library, edited by Ronald Segal. Photographs, references, bibliography. 167 pp plus 2 pp of maps.

    Condition: Very near fine (prev owner's name)

    Book ID: 85195
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  • de La Cruz, Enrique B.; Baluyut, Pearlie Rose S. and Reyes, Rico J.
    CONFRONTATIONS, CROSSINGS AND CONVERGENCE: Photographs of the Philippines and the United States,1898-1998.

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

    Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center and UCLA SE Asia Program, 1998. First edition - The companion book to a Phillipines centennial photography exhibit - 1998 was the 100th anniversary of the end of the Spanish colonial rule in the islands, and the proclamation of the Phillipine Republic, and the beginning of American domination. A fascinating photographic display of how Americans dealt with both their fascination with and fear of Filipinos. Black and white photographs throughout. Printed on glossy stock. 96 pp. ISBN: 0-934052271.

    Condition: Fine (as new) in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 28358
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  • THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSEHALL. by De Lisser, Herbert G
    De Lisser, Herbert G
    THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSEHALL.

    Edition: Later printing.

    London: Ernest Benn Limited , (1978) dj. Hardcover - Reprinted many times, this is the author's best known novel, "founded on fact, of the West Indies of the early nineteenth century. . . Robert Rutherford is sent to the Islands to learn the planter's business from the bottom. He becomes an overseer at Rosehall, the property of a young widow, Mrs Palmer, whose three husbands have all died in curious circumstances." 255 pp. Photo on back of dust jacket is of Rosehall, now in ruins. ISBN: 0-510-199046.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 63524
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  • HOW ABOUT EUROPE? Some Footnotes on East and West. by Douglas, Norman.
    Douglas, Norman.
    HOW ABOUT EUROPE? Some Footnotes on East and West.

    Edition: First trade edition.

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1930. Hardcover first edition - A series of essays on just how badly things have declined in Europe - and in England - especially as comparted to the East. Commenting on executions to English cooking, to a false sense of racial superiority and of the evils wrought by missionaries and colonial powers throughout the world, as well as on the works of Nietzsche and Darwin, among others, these essays are acerbic but entertaining. 264 pp.

    Condition: Good condition in the original orange cloth with gilt lettering on the spine (sunning and toning to the spine, some soiling on the covers, usual toning to the pages, but overall a tight and sturdy copy and well worth reading)

    Book ID: 60797
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  • BEHIND GOD'S BACK. by Farson, Negley.
    Farson, Negley.
    BEHIND GOD'S BACK.

    Edition: 3rd printing (just one month after the first)

    London: Victor Gollancz, Ltd., 1940. Hardcover - A coast-to-coast trip across Africa from Dar-es-Salaam in Tanganyika to Duala in the French Cameroons. Photographs. Double page map. 448 pp.

    Condition: Very good overall in black cloth (severe toning to the pages, some rubbing to the lettering on the spine, prev owner's name, but still a tight and sturdy copy)

    Book ID: 58822
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  • CAMEROON: United Nations Challenge to French Policy. by Gardinier, David E.
    Gardinier, David E.
    CAMEROON: United Nations Challenge to French Policy.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    London: Institute of Race Relations / Oxford University Press, 1963. First edition - "Traces the effect on the relations between France and Cameroon by the United Nations presence and activity - and in particular why these ran contrary to French trusteeship policy." It also discusses events since independence. Map, bibliogaphy. 142 pp.

    Condition: Very good in pale turquoise wrappers (some rubbing to the covers, prev owner's name stamp)

    Book ID: 79501
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  • TRADITION AND THE BLACK ATLANTIC: Critical Theory in the African Diaspora. by Gates, Henry Louis Jr.
    Gates, Henry Louis Jr.
    TRADITION AND THE BLACK ATLANTIC: Critical Theory in the African Diaspora.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Civitas Books / Perseus, (2010) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book in which Gates attempt to point us away from facile dichotomies engendered by the culture wars - either/orstradition versus modernity; Eurocentrism versus Afrocentricism. Cornel West says of Gates that "he is a seminal literary theorist whose work in African-American Studies has been profound and pioneering. In this book, he engages the Enlightenment, Frantz Fanon and the quests for identity in a vintage Gates manner: brilliant, witty and free thinking!" Notes, index. xiv, 205 pp. ISBN: 978-0465014101.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 77996
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  • MEMORY OF DEPARTURE. by Gurnah, Abdulrazak.
    Gurnah, Abdulrazak.
    MEMORY OF DEPARTURE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (1988) dj. Hardcover first edition - Tanzanian author's first novel, a bitter but poetic and haunting coming of age story set in a squalid seaport in East Africa. When it appeared in England, the Times called it "159 pages of sheer joy and magic. The story is deceptively simple..." In 2021, Gurnah was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fates of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents." 159 pp. Striking dust jacket design by Bascove. ISBN: 0-8021-10185.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 83978
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  • Halladay, Eric.
    THE EMERGENT CONTINENT: Africa in the Nineteenth Century.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: St Martin's, 1972. dj. Hardcover first edition - An excellent overview of the history of Africa in the years after 1800, focusing on the roles of the Africans themselves, well illustrated with drawings and photographs, six maps. One of the titles in the series Benn's World Histories. Index. 144 pp.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 36495
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  • THE MULBERRY EMPIRE or The Two Virtuous Journeys of The Amir Dost Mohammed Khan. by Hensher, Philip.
    Hensher, Philip.
    THE MULBERRY EMPIRE or The Two Virtuous Journeys of The Amir Dost Mohammed Khan.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. dj. Hardcover first edition - Highly praised historical novel by this author who was selected by Granta as one of the best young British novelists. "In the spring of 1839, some fifty thousand British forces entered Afghanistan with 'the full pomp of Empire,' possessed of the certainty that they would replace the Amir with someone less hostile toward their ally, the King of the Punjab. Three years later, a single British horseman rode out of the Afghan mountains into India - the sole survivor of the original vast contingent." Includes a glossary, list of characters and bibliography. 486 pp. ISBN: 0-375414886.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (corners slightly bumped)

    Book ID: 74785
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  • THE DESERT HEALER. by Hull, E, M. (Edith Maud Hull, 1880-1947)
    Hull, E, M. (Edith Maud Hull, 1880-1947)
    THE DESERT HEALER.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Boston: Small, Maynard and Co,. (1923). Hardcover first edition - Romantic novel by this British author, set in the deserts of North Africa and published just a few years after her novel, The Sheik, which was not only a huge bestseller, but the basis of the 1923 film of the same title starring Rudolf Valentino. This novel was the basis for the 1926 film "Old Loves and New" starring Walter Pidgeon. 302 pp

    Condition: Fair condition only in charcoal cloth with red lettering - some rubbing and fading to the spine, spine slant, previous owner's name,

    Book ID: 81971
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  • AFRICA, AFRICA! A Continent Rises to Its Feet. by Kartun, Derek. (foreword by Dr Alphaeus Hunton)
    Kartun, Derek. (foreword by Dr Alphaeus Hunton)
    AFRICA, AFRICA! A Continent Rises to Its Feet.

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

    New York: International Publishers, (1954). First edition - The author, a foreign correspondent for the Daily Worker in London, describes the struggle for freedom throughout British colonial Africa and the abuses of the colonial system. Includes a Foreword by Alphaeus Hunton, Secretary of the Council on African Affairs. 99 pp.

    Condition: Good condition in gold wrappers with red lettering (toning to the covers and edges of textblock)

    Book ID: 65082
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  • Kenney, Lona B.
    MBOKA: A Congo Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, 1972. dj. Hardcover first edition - The way of life in a Congo village.Dustjacket praise from Harold Courlander who called it 'a fascinating memoir of back country during the latter days of Belgian rule... accepting the Congolese villagers on their own terms... trusted by the villagers who know her... ISBN: 0-517-50037x.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 27702
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  • Kenney, Lona B.
    MBOKA: A Congo Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, (1972.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The way of life in a Congo village, written by a woman who found herself in Africa, in what was then the Belgian Congo, after she married a doctor who specialized in tropical diseases. Uncommon in the attitudes expressed towards the inhabitants of the neighboring village - the mboka - 264 pp. ISBN: 0-517-50037x.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 34937
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  • THE IMPRESSIONIST. by Kunzru, Hari.
    Kunzru, Hari.
    THE IMPRESSIONIST.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Dutton, (2002.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An unusual first novel, set in Victorian India and Edwardian England, about what it means to be Indian and to be English, or black or white, or both. From the review in the San Francisco Chronicle: 'From this moment right up till a few pages shy of the ending, Kunzru follows his hero's adventures with an eye for the savage follies of empire that even Evelyn Waugh might have envied. ...'The Impressionist' is a picaresque stitch, a deadly serious book about race and empire that can still put a reader on the floor with the exquisitely timed comic understatement of its language. ' 383 pp. ISBN: 0-525-94642x.

    Condition: SIGNED on the title page. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. (remainder mark)

    Book ID: 44194
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  • THE IMPRESSIONIST. by Kunzru, Hari.
    Kunzru, Hari.
    THE IMPRESSIONIST.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Dutton, (2002.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An unusual first novel, set in Victorian India and Edwardian England, about what it means to be Indian and to be English, or black or white, or both. From the review in the San Francisco Chronicle: 'From this moment right up till a few pages shy of the ending, Kunzru follows his hero's adventures with an eye for the savage follies of empire that even Evelyn Waugh might have envied. ...'The Impressionist' is a picaresque stitch, a deadly serious book about race and empire that can still put a reader on the floor with the exquisitely timed comic understatement of its language. ' 383 pp. ISBN: 0-525-94642x.

    Condition: SIGNED on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 44195
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  • THE IMPRESSIONIST. by Kunzru, Hari.
    Kunzru, Hari.
    THE IMPRESSIONIST.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Dutton, 2002. SIGNED first edition - An unusual first novel, set in Victorian India and Edwardian England, about what it means to be Indian and to be English, or black or white, or both. From the review in the San Francisco Chronicle: 'From this moment right up till a few pages shy of the ending, Kunzru follows his hero's adventures with an eye for the savage follies of empire that even Evelyn Waugh might have envied. ...'The Impressionist' is a picaresque stitch, a deadly serious book about race and empire that can still put a reader on the floor with the exquisitely timed comic understatement of its language. '

    Condition: SIGNED on the title page. Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 19513
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  • POLITICS IN AFRICA: The Former British Territories by Maitland-Jones, J.F.
    Maitland-Jones, J.F.
    POLITICS IN AFRICA: The Former British Territories

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Norton, 1973. dj. Hardcover first edition - Originally published in the UK under the title 'Politics in Ex-British Africa.' A title in the Comparative Modern Governments series. Suggestions for further reading, index. Map. xx, 236 pp. ISBN: 0-393055167.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (prev owner's name stamped on title page)

    Book ID: 85971
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  • Maitland-Jones, J.F.
    POLITICS IN AFRICA: The Former British Territories

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Norton, 1973. dj. Hardcover first edition - Originally published in the UK under the title 'Politics in Ex-British Africa.' A title in the Comparative Modern Governments series. Suggestions for further reading, index. Map. xx, 236 pp. ISBN: 0-393055167.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 31406
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  • BATOUALA. by Maran, Rene.
    Maran, Rene.
    BATOUALA.

    Edition: Book of the Month Club edition.

    Washington, D.C.: Black Orpheus Press, 1972. dj. Hardcover - One of the greatest works to come out of colonial Africa, this is also one of the first novels to depict Africans as they really were, and to reveal the smoldering hatred of the African and the white colonialists for each other. Originally published in 1921 in France, it won the Prix Goncourt in 1922. In 1938, the definitive edition was published in France, and this is the first US appearance of a translation of that edition. Translated by Barbara Beck and Alexandre Mboukou. Introduction by Donald E. Herdeck and a preface to the 1938 edition by Maran. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-87953-006.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 18933
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  • JOSE MARTI: Epic Chronicler of the United States in the Eighties. by [Marti, Jose] Gonz‡lez, Manuel Pedro
    [Marti, Jose] Gonz‡lez, Manuel Pedro
    JOSE MARTI: Epic Chronicler of the United States in the Eighties.

    Edition: Second edition, a trade paperback.

    Havana, Cuba: Center of Studies on Marti, 1961. Originally published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1953 for the North American public, this edition was designed to reach a wider audience. The first English language biography of the great Cuban patriot, author, poet, thinker and leader, focusing especially on the fifteen years Marti spent in the US - from 1881-1895, when he returned to Cuba and was killed in the fight for independence. Notes, xi, 79 pp.

    Condition: Very good overall in wrappers (some rubbing and wear to the covers, contents near fine.)

    Book ID: 42161
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