Date Published: 1934 to 2019
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Karen Blixen also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen, was born at Rungstedlund, Denmark. In 1914 she came to Africa to marry her half cousin and carry out dairy farming in the then British colony of Kenya. Her husband had, however, changed his mind and wanted to farm coffee. After her divorce, she remained on the farm and fell in love with an English man, Denis Finch Hatton. She returned to Demark in 1931 when Hatton died in a plane crash and her farm could not sustain itself. Following her departure from Africa, she turned to writing and published popular works as Seven Gothic Tales (1934), Out of Africa (1937), and Babette’s Feast (1950). She died on her family estate in Rungsted at the age of 77.
Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen] collection consisting of 19 items dating from 1934 to 1955, specifically, 3 books, 1 film script, and 15 photos.
• Seven Gothic Tales. London: Putnam, 1934. Brownish red cloth, upper board bumped on the bottom right corner. In dust jacket, designed by Rex Whistler. The chipped and worn jacket has been backed on to brown paper. Blixen’s first book, published under her pseudonym.
• Syv fantastiske fortællinger. Köpenhamn: C.A. Reitzels Forlag, 1935. First Danish edition. Cover and illustrations by Mogens Zieler. The author chose to rewrite the book in Danish rather than having it translated into her mother tongue. A beautiful copy bound in dark green leather with raised bands and gilt tooling on the brown leather spine, half bound in marbled paper boards, original paper covers laid in.
• Sept contes gothiques. Paris: Librarie Stock, 1955. Trans. Julia Gleizal. Pictorial paper covers, slight tear on the front cover.
1 Film Script:
Robert Newman, Challenger Productions, New York, “The Gothic Tales, preliminary treatment adapted from `Seven Gothic Tales’ by Isak Dinesen”, unproduced film script, n.d., 53 pp., early xerographic reproduction in stapled yellow paper covers (front cover lacking).
• 6 b&w reproduced photos of Blixen. originals done sometime between 1914 and 1931.
• 9 recent colour photos of the Karen Blixen Museum at the foot of the Ngong Hills outside of Nairobi, Kenya and were taken in August 2019.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8665