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  • GRACELAND. by Abani, Chris.
    Abani, Chris.
    GRACELAND.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Nigerian-born author's powerful first novel, the story of a teenage Elvis impersonator living in a sprawling slum of Lagos. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award. 321 pp. ISBN: 0-374-165890.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 69212
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  • Achebe, Chinua.
    ANTHILLS OF THE SAVANNAH

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Anchor Books, 1988. A novel of contemporary Africa, shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 11606
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  • ANTHILLS OF THE SAVANNAH by Achebe, Chinua.
    Achebe, Chinua.
    ANTHILLS OF THE SAVANNAH

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Anchor Press / Doubleday, 1988. dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel of contemporary Africa by this Nigerian writer. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. 216 pp. ISBN: 0-385-016646.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (several edge tears to dj, corner of flap clipped but price of 16.95 still present).

    Book ID: 58167
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  • SAY YOU'RE ONE OF THEM. by Akpan, Uwem.
    Akpan, Uwem.
    SAY YOU'RE ONE OF THEM.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2008). First edition - Nigerian author's prize winning first book - a collection of five short stories, each set in a different country in Africa, and each a testament to the incredible resilience of children. From a family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya in "Ex-Mas Feast" to a a Rwandan girl who relates her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts, and a young brother and sister coping with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery, the toll of poverty and religious conflict becomes clear. Louise Erdrich called this book "A beautiful, bitter, compelling read. The savagely strange juxtapositions in these stories are grounded by…

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    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2008). First edition - Nigerian author's prize winning first book - a collection of five short stories, each set in a different country in Africa, and each a testament to the incredible resilience of children. From a family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya in "Ex-Mas Feast" to a a Rwandan girl who relates her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts, and a young brother and sister coping with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery, the toll of poverty and religious conflict becomes clear. Louise Erdrich called this book "A beautiful, bitter, compelling read. The savagely strange juxtapositions in these stories are grounded by the loving relationships between brothers and sisters forced to survive in a world of dreamlike horror. Open the book at any page, as in divination, and a stunning sentence will leap out. Newspaper facts are molded by Akpan's sure touch into fictional works of great power." Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Africa Region) 2009 and PEN/Beyond Margins Award 2009, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction among other honors. The author has his first novel, second book, coming out in November 2021. Map frontispiece. Includes a conversation with the author. 364 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers with self-flaps. .

    Book ID: 82739
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  • SAY YOU'RE ONE OF THEM. by Akpan, Uwem.
    Akpan, Uwem.
    SAY YOU'RE ONE OF THEM.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2008). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Nigerian author's prize winning first book - a collection of five short stories, each set in a different country in Africa, and each a testament to the incredible resilience of children. From a family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya in "Ex-Mas Feast" to a a Rwandan girl who relates her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts, and a young brother and sister coping with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery, the toll of poverty and religious conflict becomes clear. Louise Erdrich called this book "A beautiful, bitter, compelling read. The savagely strange juxtapositions in these stories are…

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    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2008). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Nigerian author's prize winning first book - a collection of five short stories, each set in a different country in Africa, and each a testament to the incredible resilience of children. From a family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya in "Ex-Mas Feast" to a a Rwandan girl who relates her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts, and a young brother and sister coping with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery, the toll of poverty and religious conflict becomes clear. Louise Erdrich called this book "A beautiful, bitter, compelling read. The savagely strange juxtapositions in these stories are grounded by the loving relationships between brothers and sisters forced to survive in a world of dreamlike horror. Open the book at any page, as in divination, and a stunning sentence will leap out. Newspaper facts are molded by Akpan's sure touch into fictional works of great power." SIGNED on the title page. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Africa Region) 2009 and PEN/Beyond Margins Award 2009, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction among other honors. The author's first novel, "New York, My Village", was published in November 2021 to excellent reviews. Map frontispiece. 358 pp. ISBN: 978-0316113786.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 82738
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  • MISTER JOHNSON. by Cary, Joyce.
    Cary, Joyce.
    MISTER JOHNSON.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Time-Life Books, (1981.). Reprint of Cary's greatest novel with a new introduction by V. S. Pritchett and an editor's preface. xv, 300 pp,

    Condition: Very good in stiff illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 51690
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  • LITTLE BEE. by Cleave, Chris.
    Cleave, Chris.
    LITTLE BEE.

    Edition: First thus- a trade paperback.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2009). SIGNED - The author's second novel, short listed for the Costa Award. "What happens on the beach is brutal. . . it braids the fates of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan (who calls herself Little Bee) and a well-off British couple - journalists trying to repair their strained marriage with a free holiday - who should have stayed behind their resort's walls. The tide of that event carries Little Bee back to their world - she shows us the infinite rifts in a globalized world, where any distance can be crossed in a day - with the right papers - and 'no one likes each other, but everyone likes U2.' Where you have to…

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    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2009). SIGNED - The author's second novel, short listed for the Costa Award. "What happens on the beach is brutal. . . it braids the fates of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan (who calls herself Little Bee) and a well-off British couple - journalists trying to repair their strained marriage with a free holiday - who should have stayed behind their resort's walls. The tide of that event carries Little Bee back to their world - she shows us the infinite rifts in a globalized world, where any distance can be crossed in a day - with the right papers - and 'no one likes each other, but everyone likes U2.' Where you have to give up the safety you'd assumed as your birthright if you decide to save the girl gazing at you through razor wire, left to the wolves of a failing state." (Mari Malcolm) SIGNED on the title page with a green author's "Authorized" stamp. Notes. 271 pp plus a reading group guide and questions and answers with the author. ISBN: 978-1416589648.

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    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 74668
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  • THE ANCESTOR TREE. by Echewa, T. Obinkaram; Christy Hale, illustrator.
    Echewa, T. Obinkaram; Christy Hale, illustrator.
    THE ANCESTOR TREE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Lodestar Books / Dutton, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - Nigerian-American author's first children's book, one which he describes as an original "contemporary folktale" about the importance of community, life and death, custom and change. Illustrated in full color by Hale - in linocut with watercolor and colored pencil. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-525674675.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated boards in a fine dust jacket (as new)

    Book ID: 89608
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  • THE ADVENTURES OF OBATALA: Ifa and Santeria God of Creativity. by Eleburuibon, Chief Priest Ifayemi.
    Eleburuibon, Chief Priest Ifayemi.
    THE ADVENTURES OF OBATALA: Ifa and Santeria God of Creativity.

    Edition: First edition, a trade paperback original.

    Osogbo, Oyo State, Nigeria: A.P.I. Production, (1989). First edition - Presents selections from Odu Ifa concerning Obatala, the Yoruba God of creativity and arch-divinity.The author is a Yoruba and Nigerian writer, poet, author, linguist, and an Ifa priest, who has been recognized for his pursuit of the preservation of Yoruba culture and heritage. Illustrated, notes, glossary. 90 pp. ISBN: 0-916299082.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 87621
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  • Elliott, Kit.
    AN AFRICAN SCHOOL. A Record of Experience.

    Edition: First printing.

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970. dj. Hardcover first edition - From the dj flap: 'An account of the experience of a young Englishman teaching History and English in a Roman Catholic Mission Secondary School in northern Nigeria in the period between independence and the first intimations of the Nigerian Civil War.' Illustrated with line drawings, viii , 232 pp

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, missing front endpaper, but overall tight and clean in a very good dj (spine label).

    Book ID: 28424
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  • THE JOYS OF MOTHERHOOD. by Emecheta, Buchi.
    Emecheta, Buchi.
    THE JOYS OF MOTHERHOOD.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: George Braziller, (1979.). Nigerian-born author's fourth novel, a moving story of the struggles of one Ibo woman to keep her family together, through periods of extreme hardship and deprivation both in the village and in urban Lagos. In telling the story of Nnu Ego, Emecheta is writing about the plight of women everywhere. 234 pp. Cover art by Catherine Stock. ISBN: 0-807609501.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (some highlighting in the beginning of the book).

    Book ID: 41229
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  • THE JOYS OF MOTHERHOOD. by Emecheta, Buchi.
    Emecheta, Buchi.
    THE JOYS OF MOTHERHOOD.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: George Braziller, (1979.). Nigerian-born author's fourth novel, a moving story of the struggles of one Ibo woman to keep her family together, through periods of extreme hardship and deprivation both in the village and in urban Lagos. In telling the story of Nnu Ego, Emecheta is writing about the plight of women everywhere. 234 pp. Cover art by Catherine Stock. ISBN: 0-807609501.

    Condition: Ex-library but only a couple of small markings - overall very good condition - tight and clean.

    Book ID: 65826
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  • Furniss, Graham.
    POETRY, PROSE AND POPULAR CULTURE IN HAUSA.

    Edition: First US printing, a trade paperback.

    Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, (1996.). First edition - Comprehensive anthology, with extensive notes and commentary, of the many literary genres of Hausa - the language spoken in Nigeria, Niger, northern Ghana, Senegal and the Sudan. Includes both the original Hausa and translations of many works and places the development of each genre into a historical context. Notes, bibliography, index. 338 pp. ISBN: 1-56098-6956.

    Condition: Fine in glossy navy blue wrappers (a new copy)

    Book ID: 30325
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  • THE IROKO-MAN: A Yoruba Folktale. by Gershator, Phillis (retold by); Illustrated by Holly C. Kim.
    Gershator, Phillis (retold by); Illustrated by Holly C. Kim.
    THE IROKO-MAN: A Yoruba Folktale.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Orchard Books, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A retelling of the story 'Oluronbi' in "Yoruba Legends" by M. I. Ogumefu, published in 1929 - a story which echoes that of Rumpelstiltskin. Colorfully illustrated with acrylic and collage paintings by Holly C. Kim (her first children's book.) Large format, unpaginated. Reinforced binding. ISBN: 0-531086607.

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

    Book ID: 41875
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  • THE VOYAGE OF THE DAYSPRING: Being the Journal of the late Sir John Hawley Glover, R.N., G.C.M.G., together with some account of the Expedition up the Niger River in 1857. by [Glover, Sir John Hawley, 1829-1885.] Hastings, A. C. G.
    [Glover, Sir John Hawley, 1829-1885.] Hastings, A. C. G.
    THE VOYAGE OF THE DAYSPRING: Being the Journal of the late Sir John Hawley Glover, R.N., G.C.M.G., together with some account of the Expedition up the Niger River in 1857.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: John Lane The Bodley Head, Ltd, (1926.). Hardcover first edition - Journal kept by Glover, the future Governor of Lagos (Nigeria,) when he was a young Lieutenant with the Baikie Expedition in 1857, interspersed with commentary by Hastings. In her introduction, his wife, Lady Glover, emphasizes the love that her husband had for Africa and Nigeria, which continued long after his 14 years of service there, mostly as governor. Illustrated with a frontispiece and 21 photographs on glossy inserted plates. Index. xii, 230 pp plus two pages of publisher's advertisements.

    Condition: Very good in original blue-green cloth with gilt lettering on spine. (some foxing to outer edges of textblock, minor wear to ends of spine).

    Book ID: 38336
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  • MIGRATIONS OF THE HEART, a Personal Odyssey by Golden, Marita
    Golden, Marita
    MIGRATIONS OF THE HEART, a Personal Odyssey

    Edition: First paperback printing.

    New York: Ballantine, (1987.). African American novelist's first book - the story of her marriage to a Nigerian and her experiences in Africa. 246 pp. ISBN: 0-345-346696.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 51603
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  • Jahn, Janheinz.
    THROUGH AFRICAN DOORS: Experiences and Encounters in West Africa.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Grove Press, 1962. dj. Hardcover first edition - Jahn, a noted writer on African culture, ate, slept and traveled as the Africans do themselves through Nigeria and Togo. Illustrated with black and white photographs by Helmut Lander. Translated by Oliver Coburn. 235 pp plus 4 pp of maps.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dustjacket (minor wear to dj.)

    Book ID: 33356
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  • ABIKU. by Kotun, Debo.
    Kotun, Debo.
    ABIKU.

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

    Pasadena, CA: Nepotist Books, (1998.). SIGNED first edition - "A novel of heart stopping suspense" set in modern Nigeria. The title means a child that was born to die - INSCRIBED on the half title page "To - - - for your pursuit of achievable happiness" and dated 1-30-99. Winner of the 1995 Phi Kappa Phi Prize for Fiction, USC. 417 pp. ISBN: 0-9668772-84.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 56776
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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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  • Marris, Peter.
    FAMILY AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN AN AFRICAN CITY: A Study of Rehousing in Lagos.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    Northwestern University, 1971. dj. Includes appendices, index, and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Number 8 in the African Studies series.

    Condition: Very good- but with highlighting throughout book, no dj.

    Book ID: 14508
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  • FOREIGN GODS, INC. by Ndibe, Okey.
    Ndibe, Okey.
    FOREIGN GODS, INC.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: SOHO Press, (2014). First edition - A novel that is both a "taut, literary thriller and an indictment of greed's power to subsume all things, including the sacred." Fueled by desperation, Ike, a Nigerian immigrant barely eking out a living as a New Yorl cab driver sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery. A book described as "a meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the 'exotic,' including the desire to own strange objects…

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    New York: SOHO Press, (2014). First edition - A novel that is both a "taut, literary thriller and an indictment of greed's power to subsume all things, including the sacred." Fueled by desperation, Ike, a Nigerian immigrant barely eking out a living as a New Yorl cab driver sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery. A book described as "a meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the 'exotic,' including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after ineffable illusions; and an exploration of the shifting nature of memory." 332 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers (toning to pages)

    Book ID: 82134
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  • AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES. by Obioma, Chigozie.
    Obioma, Chigozie.
    AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2019) dj. Hardcover first edition - Award-winning Nigerian born author's second novel (both of his first two novels were short-listed for the Man-Booker Prize, and this was the winner of the 2020 Internationaler Literaturpreis), one which merges African and western storytelling traditions. A reinvention of The Odyssey, the tale is narrated by the young mans chi, or guardian spirit. Bonded by the night on the bridge when Chinoso stopped Ndali from jumping, they Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. "But Ndali is from a wealthy family and struggles to imagine a future near a chicken coop. When her family objects to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions…

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    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2019) dj. Hardcover first edition - Award-winning Nigerian born author's second novel (both of his first two novels were short-listed for the Man-Booker Prize, and this was the winner of the 2020 Internationaler Literaturpreis), one which merges African and western storytelling traditions. A reinvention of The Odyssey, the tale is narrated by the young mans chi, or guardian spirit. Bonded by the night on the bridge when Chinoso stopped Ndali from jumping, they Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. "But Ndali is from a wealthy family and struggles to imagine a future near a chicken coop. When her family objects to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a college in Cyprus. But when he arrives he discovers there is no place at the school for him, and that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who has made the arrangements.. Penniless, homeless, and furious at a world which continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further away from his dream, from Ndali and the farm he called home." Author's note. 448 pp. ISBN: 978-0316412391.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 88669
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  • Okri, Ben.
    SONGS OF ENCHANTMENT.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Doubleday, 1993. First edition - Sequel to Okri's Booker Prize winner novel, 'The Famished Road.' Although the cover indicates Doubleday as the US publisher, this advance issue is printed from the sheets of the first edition in the UK with Jonathan Cape shown on the title page.

    Condition: Near fine in printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 15055
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  • Okri, Ben
    STARS OF THE NEW CURFEW

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Viking, 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of 6 short stories, the first book by this Nigerian writer to be published in the United States.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 5027
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  • Okri, Ben.
    SONGS OF ENCHANTMENT.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - Sequel to Okri's Booker Prize winner novel, 'The Famished Road.' A magical novel of a nation struggling to be born. ISBN: 0-224-036300.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 22499
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  • SONGS OF ENCHANTMENT. by Okri, Ben.
    Okri, Ben.
    SONGS OF ENCHANTMENT.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (1993.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Sequel to Okri's Booker Prize winner novel, 'The Famished Road.' A magical novel of a nation struggling to be born. 297 pp. ISBN: 0-385-471548.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 53288
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  • A IS FOR AFRICA. by Onyefulu, Ifeoma.
    Onyefulu, Ifeoma.
    A IS FOR AFRICA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York Dutton - Cobblehill Books, (1993) dj. Hardcover first edition - A colorful book with each letter of the alphabet illustrated by a full color photograph taken by the author, and showing an aspect of the village life she knew growing up as a member of the Igbo tribe in southwestern Nigeria - even though the pictures were taken in Nigeria, they represent universal African experiences of traditional village life, warm family ties and hospitality. Oblong format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-525-651470.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 60776
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  • Ottenberg, Simon.
    DOUBLE DESCENT IN AN AFRICAN SOCIETY: The Afikpo Village-Group.

    Edition: First printing.

    Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1968. dj. Hardcover first edition - Illustrated with photographs, maps, charts. Glossary, bibliography, index. 284 pp.

    Condition: Very good in green cloth (gift inscription on front endpaper, no dj.)

    Book ID: 24720
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  • BOYHOOD RITUALS IN AN AFRICAN SOCIETY: An Interpretation. by Ottenberg, Simon.
    Ottenberg, Simon.
    BOYHOOD RITUALS IN AN AFRICAN SOCIETY: An Interpretation.

    Edition: First printing.

    Seattle: University of Washington Press, (1989.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "An anthropological study of boyhood in a group of related Igbo villages in southeatern Nigeria." Illustrated with maps, figures and photographs. Bibliography, index. xxiv, 344 pp. Photographic endpapers. ISBN: 0-295-965754.

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

    Book ID: 47213
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  • CLOTH THAT DOES NOT DIE: The Meaning of Cloth in Bunu Social Life. by Renne, Elisha P
    Renne, Elisha P
    CLOTH THAT DOES NOT DIE: The Meaning of Cloth in Bunu Social Life.

    Edition: First printing.

    Seattle: University of Washington Press, (1995.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The use and production of cloth in Bunu (Yoruba) society in central Nigeria from 1900 to the present, and the traditions associated with that cloth. The title refers to a Yoruba saying that 'Cloth only wears, it does not die." Illustrated with 8 full color photographic plates and many black and white photographs, as well as figures and maps. . Notes, glossary, bibliography, index. 269 p. ISBN: 0-295-973927.

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

    Book ID: 47217
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