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SHAW, Bernard.

The Adventures of The Black Girl in Her Search for God.

Published: London: Constable & Company Limited, 1932

Stock code: 103294

Price: £2,750

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the half-title to the female missionary who inspired the book, nine days after its publication, “Dear Miss Shaw, on the eve of a voyage round the world on which I am taking your latest proofsheets to read I send you this story, for which you are really responsible, as it was you who set me thinking about the contact of black minds with white religions in the African forest which your descriptions brought so vividly before my imagination. To amuse myself, and connect the story in my mind with you, I have introduced a most outrageous caricature of an episode from real life which seemed to you tragic but made me laugh heartlessly. I should not have dared had I not been well out of reach of your knobkerry. So now what do you think of the work you were guided to set going? G. Bernard Shaw. 14th Dec. 1932.” Mabel Shaw (1888-1973) was in her time the most renowned female missionary in Africa, founding the London Missionary Society’s Girls’ Boarding School in Mbereshi, Northern Rhodesia, and heading it from 1915 to 1940. Shaw began writing this comic fable in South Africa in February 1932 and completed it in England that October.

Octavo. Original black paper-covered boards, titles to spine and front board in white, front board illustrated in white, black and white patterned endpapers. Housed in a custom black cloth chemise and morocco-backed slipcase Engraved title page and monochrome illustrations throughout by John Farleigh. Board edges a little rubbed, front joint starting but text block tight, some annotations in red pencil; an exceptional copy.

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