Olive Schreiner, the first white South African novelist of any notoriety achieved international fame with this wonderful book, STORY OF AN AFRICAN FARM, written under a pseudoname Ralph Irons. It was published by The MERSHON COMPANY, New York. The cover is unusual in that the title is not on the front. There's a dedication "TO MY FRIEND MRS. JOHN BROWN OF BURNLEY, THE LITTLE FIRSTLING OF MY PEN IS LOVINGLY INSCRIBED RALPH IRON. South Kensington, London, June 1883. The second page has a quote from ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, along with a glossary on the third page, and last, a "PREFACE OF THE SECOND EDITION. R.IRON June, 1883."
It measures 6" by 4 1/8" by 15/16" with 391 pages. Green with red embellishment, and embossed with gold leaf on the cover edge, it is in excellent condition, showing minor wear with 2 corners bent. The first page looks to have been ripped out (it would have been blank). The back inside cover shows a few tiny stress marks, with all pages very slight yellowing.
Item ID: 0721-KD
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