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The African Queen.

The African Queen.

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The African Queen.

by Forester, C.S

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Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1935. First edition of C.S. Forester's beloved African adventure, basis for John Huston's 1951 Oscar-winning film starring Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and Theodore Bikel in his first film role. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily signed by actor Theodore Bikel on the front free endpaper, "African Queen was the first film I had a role in. How does one define the feeling? A classic, starring Bogart & Hepburn, directed by John Houston - I was too young to appreciate the awe of it. (If I had, I might have thought that from there it could only go downhill.) As it was, it became a learning experience. It was a also fun. I was glad that this was for me, a stage actor, the introduction to film. Theodore Bikel." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light expert restoration. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.


The African Queen is the story of a jerry-rigged attack on a German gunboat in Central Africa during the early days of World War I. An important subplot is the love story between the Charlie Allnutt, captain of the small launch named The African Queen, and Rose Sayer, the sister and companion of an Anglican missionary who dies in the first part of the novel. Rose's personality is the driving force of the attack, and the novel. Interestingly, the original UK edition has a happy ending, with the couple surviving to be married, but in the US edition, Allnutt dies during the attack. -

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The African Queen.
Forester, C.S
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C.S. Forester First Edition Rare, The African Queen First Edition

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First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...
Another of the terms referring to page or book size, octavo refers to a standard printer's sheet folded four times, producing...
Clamshell Box
A protective box designed for storing and preserving a bound book or loose sheets. A clamshell box is hinged on one side, with...
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched...

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