FIRST EDITION, WITH AUTHORIAL INSCRIPTION. 8vo. Fawn cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Illustrated endpapers showing the African continent with Smith’s 1955 route and his slightly different 1983 route (undertaken with his son) on opposing pages. Bruising to spine ends. Smith’s affectionate dedication in red felt-tip pen to ffep: “For Doreen and Walter/ with love from/ Anthony/ Oct 15, 1984,” plus arrow pointing to dot in central Nigeria. Else, clean, tight and bright. In the original dust jacket: creasing to edges, nick to top corner of front panel.
Anthony Smith (1926-2014) was a natural history TV presenter, travel writer and explorer. His dedicatees are Doreen and Walter Newlyn. The latter was a British economist and educator, known for his work on monetary theory and with African nations. From 1967 (until his retirement in 1978) Walter Newlyn was Professor of Developmental Economics at the University of Leeds and in 1964 founded its African Studies Unit, now LUCAS. Both Doreen and Walter were passionate about theatre; in the late 1950s they set up the Uganda Pilgrim Players, the country’s first multi-racial theatre group. Back in the UK, Doreen was key to the foundation of the West Yorkshire (now Leeds) Playhouse in 1968.
Author SMITH, Anthony
Publisher London: Hodder and Stoughton
Condition Near fine/ very good