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  • THE BRIGHTEST SUN. by Benson, Adrienne.
    Benson, Adrienne.
    THE BRIGHTEST SUN.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Park Row Books, (2018). SIGNED first edition - The author's first novel. Set in Kenya in the 1990s, this follows three women and the connections between them - one is an American anthropologist who has just given birth to her first child, the second is a lonely expat wife, and the third is a Maasai woman who is unable to bear children of her own. SIGNED on the title page. 323 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 73008
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  • DEATH UNDERTOW. by Casley, Dennis.
    Casley, Dennis.
    DEATH UNDERTOW.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1995) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second mystery featuring Chief Inspector James Odhiambo of Kenya, who finds himself investigating a murder on the Cornish coast of England where he was attending a seminar. 199 pp. ISBN: 0-312-136439.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 63069
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  • TALES TOLD NEAR A CROCODILE: Stories from Nyanza. by Harman, Humphrey.
    Harman, Humphrey.
    TALES TOLD NEAR A CROCODILE: Stories from Nyanza.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1967). Hardcover first edition - Stories told by the peoples who live near the Northern shore of Lake Nyanza - or Lake Victoria. Illustrated with black and white drawings by George Ford. 185 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in sturdy illustrated boards.

    Book ID: 64019
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  • TRUE AT FIRST LIGHT: A Fictional Memoir. by Hemingway, Ernest.
    Hemingway, Ernest.
    TRUE AT FIRST LIGHT: A Fictional Memoir.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Scribner's, 1999. First edition - Described as the last unpublished manuscript of Hemingway, this was written in 1953 after returning from safari in Kenya. Edited and with an introduction by his son, Patrick Hemingway, who accompanied him on that safari. Cast of characters, Swahili glossary, 315 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 41545
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  • Hughes, John.
    THE NEW FACE OF AFRICA SOUTH OF THE SAHARA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & London: Longman's, Green & Co., 1961. dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of the African revolutions by a journalist who had been living in and reporting from Africa since 1946. Describes events in the Congo, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopa and more - and includes information on the African leaders - Kasavubu, Toure, Tshombe, Lumumba, Kenyatta and Nkrumah. Map endpapers. Index. 296 pages.

    Condition: Near fine in a somewhat edgeworn, but overall good, dustjacket.

    Book ID: 16151
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  • THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA: Memories of an African Childhood. by Huxley, Elspeth.
    Huxley, Elspeth.
    THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA: Memories of an African Childhood.

    Edition: Paperback.

    London: Penguin, (1974). Classic story of growing up on a coffee plantation in Kenya in the early years of the 20th century. Illustrated. 281 pp. ISBN: 0-140018151.

    Condition: Very good (usual toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 79715
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  • THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA: Memories of an African Childhood. by Huxley, Elspeth.
    Huxley, Elspeth.
    THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA: Memories of an African Childhood.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: Morrow, (1961, c 1959.) dj. Hardcover - Classic story of growing up on a coffee plantation in Kenya in the early years of the 20th century. Illustrated. 264 pp. Book club brochure laid in stating that this was the selection for September 1961.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52874
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  • THE AFRICAN POISON MURDERS. by Huxley, Elspeth.
    Huxley, Elspeth.
    THE AFRICAN POISON MURDERS.

    Edition: First thus.

    New York: Viking, (1988) dj. Hardcover - Mystery originally published in 1939, a story of the events surrounding the death of a Nazi, set in Kenya on the eve of World War II, featuring Superintendent Vachol. Originally published in Great Britain under the title "Death of an Aryan." Includes a fair amount of information on various arrow poisons. 214 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder line)

    Book ID: 66368
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  • THE AFRICAN POISON MURDERS. by Huxley, Elspeth.
    Huxley, Elspeth.
    THE AFRICAN POISON MURDERS.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (c. 1939.). Hardcover - Vintage copy of this mystery surrounding the death of a Nazi, set in Kenya on the eve of World War II, featuring Superintendent Vachol. Originally published in Great Britain under the title "Death of an Aryan." Includes a fair amount of information on various arrow poisons. 279 pp.

    Condition: Very good in orange cloth with black lettering.

    Book ID: 56334
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  • 'MAUMAU' GENERAL. by Itote, Waruhiu (General China)
    Itote, Waruhiu (General China)
    'MAUMAU' GENERAL.

    Edition: 2nd printing, a trade paperback.

    Nairobi: East African Publishing House, (1974, c 1967). The first autobiography by a major MauMau leader. He describes the organization of the forest armies, the controversial "surrender", being sentenced to death, and the English lessons Jomo Kenyatta gave him in prison. Illustrated with photographs. 297 pp

    Condition: very good in illustrated wrappers (previous owner's stamp).

    Book ID: 79485
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  • SQUATTERS AND THE ROOTS OF MAU MAU 1905-63. by Kanogo, Tabitha.
    Kanogo, Tabitha.
    SQUATTERS AND THE ROOTS OF MAU MAU 1905-63.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    Nairobi & London: Heinemann Kenya / James Currey (1987). First edition - A study of the changing circumstances of Kikuyu squatters on the 'White Highlands' - they prospered at first, but begining in 1923, the colonists began to demand more labor hours and to restrict their animal husbandry. This explores their role in Mau Mau and in the politics of decolonisation, as they became poorer and angrier. 3 maps. Kikuyu & Swahili glossary.Endnotes for each chapter, biographical notes on key informants, bibliography, index. 206 pp. ISBN: 9966-463267.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers (some light toning to the pages).

    Book ID: 79368
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  • THE TRIAL OF JOMO KENYATTA. by [Kenyatta, Jomo] Slater, Montagu
    [Kenyatta, Jomo] Slater, Montagu
    THE TRIAL OF JOMO KENYATTA.

    Edition: First edition.

    London: Secker & Warburg, (1955.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first comprehensive account of the trial of Jomo Kenyatta, a trial which took 5 months in the winter of 1952-53, on charges of being the leader of Kenya's Mau-Mau. Index of incidents. 255 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a near fine dust jacket (the usual rather severe browning to the pages, front endpaper clipped at top) in a dust jacket for the US market with the price in dollars of $4.50.

    Book ID: 48648
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  • THE EMERGENCE OF AFRICAN FICTION. by Larson, Charles R.
    Larson, Charles R.
    THE EMERGENCE OF AFRICAN FICTION.

    Edition: Revised edition.

    Bloomington, IN and London: Indiana University Press, (1972.) dj. Hardcover - Described as the first comprehensive study of the African novel, illustrating what is particularly different about African fiction and showing that the Western literary is irrelevant to the contributions being made by modern African writers - including Chinua Achebe and Amos Tutuola (Nigeria), James Ngugi (Kenya), Peter Abrahams (South Africa), Camara Laye (Guinea) and others. Foreword by Newton P. Stallknecht. Map frontispiece. Notes, selected bibliography, index. 305 pp. ISBN: 0-253-319455.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a near fine dust jacket (peeled spot near bottom of dj spine.)

    Book ID: 42855
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  • THE MIND GAME. by MacDonald, Hector.
    MacDonald, Hector.
    THE MIND GAME.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Ballantine, (2000) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first novel - "Cutting edge science and the logic of game theory combine to form an utterly original novel of suspense." An expert in animal behavior, James Fieldhead wants to test a new device that may offer the key to understanding human emotions. Oxford student Ben Ashurst agrees to participate in the study, at a luxury resort on a pristine beach in Kenya, only to find himself ensnared in layer upon layer of deception. SIGNED on the title page. 360 pp. ISBN: 9780345440228.

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

    Book ID: 60666
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  • STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING: The Biography of Beryl Markham. by [Markham, Beryl, 1902--1986] Lovell, Mary S.
    [Markham, Beryl, 1902--1986] Lovell, Mary S.
    STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING: The Biography of Beryl Markham.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1987) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first biography of this English-born Kenyan aviator who became Africa's first female thoroughbred trainer and its first female bush pilot. In 1936, she became the first pilot to fly solo from England to North America - against the headwinds. Shortly before her death, Lovell was able to interview Markham, and they become friends.Illustrated with photographs. Notes, bibliography, index. xxiv, 408 pp. ISBN: 0-312010966.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 78730
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  • SIASA: Politics and Nationalism in E.A., 1905-1939. by Odhiambo, E. S. Atieno.
    Odhiambo, E. S. Atieno.
    SIASA: Politics and Nationalism in E.A., 1905-1939.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    Nairobi: Kenya Literature Bureau, (1981). First edition - A collection of four essays which discuss the nature of politics in East Africa before the era of independence - on the role of the Colonial office in London, the Kenya settler political organizations, Asian political ambition and the longest - Siasa - on politics as understood by the Africans themselves during those years. References following each essay. 148 pp.

    Condition: Very good in printed blue and black covers.

    Book ID: 80373
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  • Robinson, Adjai (illustrated by Carol Byard).
    THREE AFRICAN TALES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1979. dj. Hardcover first edition - These three tales come from East and West Africa. THE HUNTER'S DILEMMA, which celebrates the rivalry between Zoongu the hunter and Teelay the trapper, is from Sierra Leone. Clever Kelfala tries to make the beautiful Wambuna talk with his cunning tricks in KELFALA'S SECRET SOMETHING from the Kikuyys in Kenya. In the last tale from Sierra Leone, THE KING'S RIVAL, young Durosimi challenges wicked King Tonko, a great wrestler. Adjai Robinsin is a native of Sierra Leone. Carole Byard is a painter and illustrator who has travelled through East and West Africa. Here she contributes charcoal drawings. ISBN: 0-399-206566.

    Condition: Ex-library with usual markings, in an illustrated library binding, but in a good unmarked dj.

    Book ID: 19027
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  • UNDER THE BACKYARD SKY. by Shulman, Neil and Sibley Fleming (illustrations by Stan Mullins.)
    Shulman, Neil and Sibley Fleming (illustrations by Stan Mullins.)
    UNDER THE BACKYARD SKY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers, (1995.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Story of a young girl who learns something of Masai culture and of how to cure her own lonliness when she goes with her father to Kenya, and he brings back a young girl who needs a heart operation. Beautifully illustrated in full color by Stan Mullins. Inspired by the work of the Heart To Heart Foundation. 30 pp. ISBN: 1-56145-093-6.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 43219
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  • THUNDER CAVE. by Smith, Ronald.
    Smith, Ronald.
    THUNDER CAVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Hyperion, (1995) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Young adult novel - A young boy and a Masai join forces in Kenya as Jake tries to find his father who is researching the elephants there, and the Masai is trying to end the drought - and together they succeed in stopping the poachers who are killing elephants for their tusks. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on the title page. 250 pp.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64484
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  • THE FIRE NEVER DIES: One Man's Raucous Romp Down the Road of Food, Passion and Adventure. by Sterling, Richard.
    Sterling, Richard.
    THE FIRE NEVER DIES: One Man's Raucous Romp Down the Road of Food, Passion and Adventure.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Berkeley, CA: Traveler's Tales, (2001). SIGNED first edition - A "poignant and hilarious worldwide tour of culinary and romantic adventures" that "exhibits Lowell Thomas Award winner Richard Sterling at his tough and tender best." SIGNED on the dedication page. Prologue, epilogue. x, 286 pp. ISBN: 1-885211708.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 55763
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  • Swiderski, Richard M.
    ELDORET: An African Poetics of Technology.

    Edition: First printing.

    Tucson: University of Arizona Press, (1995.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Based on two years of living in the market town of Eldoret, in the highlands of Kenya, this is a look at how Africans 'make do' with both modern and traditional materials, both imported and indigenous, to create a useful technology. An unconventional approach to cultural anthropology and a lively picture of a growing urban area. Illustrated with line drawingsby the author. Bibliography, index. 228 pp. ISBN: 0-8165-14941.

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

    Book ID: 26823
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