Last Tales by Isak Dinesen, a short story collection by Isak Dinesen, 1957 first edition.


Written by Isak Dinesen. First edition, 1957. Random House, New York.

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"Out of an old, tortoise-shell box, which opened by the touch of a spring, a packet of letters, tied together with a pale blue ribbon, came into his hand. They were love letters, written by a lady to her lover, by Childerique's mother to his father. Afterwards he remembered how he had, after the first glance, got up to destroy them, when his eyes had been caught by his own name. ..."

Isak Dinesen (1885 - 1962) was the pen name of Karen Blixen, a Danish author who wrote in both Danish and English. In 1914, she and husband Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke moved to Kenya, where they owned a coffee plantation. Her experiences in Africa inspired her memoir Out of Africa, which was published in 1937 and became a classic of world literature. She also wrote several collections of short stories, such as Seven Gothic Tales and Winter's Tales, known for supernatural elements and themes of eros and dreams.
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Condition: Very Good/Good. Dust jacket: Wear along upper and lower edges; front top right corner is bumped; four small closed tears on the front at tail of the spine and upper edge; darkened along the spine; rubbing along edge of spine and fore edge; chipping at head and tail of the spine; two small closed tears on the back, at upper edge; crease on the back, top left. Gold embossed gray cloth cover boards: Light fading along spined and edges. Textblock: Red topstain. Inside: An owner's bookplate on the front pastedown and discoloration from binding glue along front and back hinge. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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