The Palm-Wine Drinkard and his dead Palm-Wine Tapster in the Deads Town - Amos Tutuola 1952 - Faber and Faber Ltd, London - First Edition In the iconic and scarce complete dust jacket by Barnett Freedman.

First edition of Tutuola's first book and the first African novel published in English outside of Africa.

‘Brief, thronged, grisly and bewitching.’ Dylan Thomas,

‘The phantasmagorical story of an alcoholic man and his search for his dead palm-wine tapster. As he travels through the land of the dead, he encounters a host of supernatural and often terrifying beings – among them the complete gentleman who returns his body parts to their owners and the insatiable hungry-creature. Mixing Yoruba folktales with what T. S. Eliot described as a ‘creepy crawly imagination’, The Palm-Wine Drinkard is regarded as the seminal work of African literature’ [
Faber & Faber].
  ‘Tutuola’s art conceals – or rather clothes – his purpose, as all good art must do.’ – Chinua Achebe.

Provenance: Lumsden with their armourial bookplate (’Dei Dono Sum Quod Sum’).

Octavo (book size 20.8x14.2cm), pp. 125 [3]. In publisher’s salmon-pink cloth, spine with orange lettering on green background and green lettering, lower edges untrimmed rest trimmed. Dust jacket priced ‘10s. 6d. net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine with the exception of offsetting to endpapers, in near fine dust jacket, gentle rubbing to corners, heavier to head of spine with slight loss, minor toning to spine and top edge.   Ref: 111205   Price: HK$ 6,500