Horn of Africa. [Advance proof copy.]London: Macdonald Futura Publishers, 1981 Stock Code: 107941
Advance proof copy of the first UK edition, inscribed by the author "For Benjamin Bruce, 'Dink', friend from the old days, and friend forever, Philip Caputo, Livingston, MT. August, 2013". Benjamin "Dink" Bruce was a cult figure in Key West, the writers' haven in Florida where Caputo moved "to write and fish" (McCarthy, A Book Lover's Guide to Florida, p. 271). Bruce's father had arrived in Key West at the behest of Ernest Hemingway in 1935, serving the author in a vague capacity of general fixer for some thirty years, and notably designing the dust jacket of For Whom the Bells Toll. His son "Dink" became a local character in his own right: "Bruce seemed to cross paths with every celebrity who came through Key West. He didn't seek them out; they found him. In Key West, Dink Bruce was royalty" (McKeen, Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West, p. 90). Livingston, an artists' colony in Montana, was a popular retreat for many of the Key West set, among them Richard Brautigan and Tom McGuane. Horn of Africa was first published in the US the previous year.
Octavo. Original blue light card wrappers printed in black. With the oversize dust jacket.
Light spotting to spine and top edge, small crease to upper outer corner of front panel. A very good copy in the dust jacket bumped at head of spine (as usual with oversize jackets).
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