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The Mottled Lizard. by  Elspeth Huxley - Signed First Edition - 1962 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 95084)

The Mottled Lizard.

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The Mottled Lizard.

by Huxley, Elspeth

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London: Chatto & Windus, 1962. First edition, early printing of one of Huxley's best known works. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "For Joe Ferrier with gratitude for your interest in my childhood memories - now are half a century old. Elspeth Huxley." Laid in are three typed letters signed by Huxley to Joe Ferrier, one of which reads in part, "I much appreciate your continuing interest in my writings - as much as I regret the appalling untidiness of this typing. My non-proficiency increases with the years and the typewriter is now nearly as old as I am; a few more years and, in this age of word-processors etc.; it may become a valuable antique. With best wishes, yours sincerely, Elspeth Huxley." The recipient, Joe Ferrier was a lifelong pen pal and friend of Huxley's. They often exchanged letters, books, and article clippings between England and the United States. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rosemary Grimble. Nellie and Major Josceline Grant arrived in Thika, in what was then British East Africa in 1912 where they became colonial settlers and established a coffee plantation. Their daughter, Elspeth had quite an unconventional childhood which she later wrote about in her best known work The Flame Trees of Thika (1959) which examined how unprepared for rustic life the early British settlers really were. The Mottled Lizard continues the story when the family returns to Kenya after the first world war. Huxley recreates in vivid detail their home, native servants, hunting expeditions and travels throughout the country.


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The Mottled Lizard.
Huxley, Elspeth
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Elspeth Huxley First Edition Signed, The Mottled Lizard First Edition
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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.


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