Grave for a Dolphin by Alberto Denti Di Pirajno soon to be presented for sale on the top-quality BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Andre Deutsch, 1956, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Glossary;
From the cover: In the Epilogue to this book, the Duke Alberto Denti di Pirajno regrets that he and his African friends are bound for different Paradises, so that they will not be able to sit together in a celestial garden, passing the time till the Last Trump by spinning wonderful stories. The loss will be that of the Dukes African friends, for he has in a high degree the quality of a born story teller. His readers cease to worry about the how or why of his stories: they simply want to know:, and then what happened? The material for this book came from the writers experience as a doctor and administrator in Italys former African colonies. Children, animals and magic are the main themes. There is the story of Shambowa, who sported with sharks and was loved by a dolphin; of the Prior of Barentu who could talk to the wart-hogs; of the Father of the Crocodiles; of Hassib, the boy who was driven to distraction by La Reine des Tom-Toms; of the parrot who got drunk; of the condemned man who communed with a bird. Whether they are amusing, touching or tall, they are all delightful; and even the strangest of them is more true to Africa in atmosphere and feeling than many a sober treatise.
The Duke wrote this book, not in his native Italian but in English: a gesture to celebrate his pleasure at revisiting this country, last year, for the first time since 1939.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Blanks tanned. Previous owners’ name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I fascinate you with a carefully selected medley featured in my Travel Africa catalogue?