Title: The Sacred Giraffe: Being the Second Volume of the Posthumous Works of Julio Arceval
Author: Salvador De Madariaga
Description: No date (circa 1926). Half black cloth, gilt lettered spine, and decorative paper sides (green mottled with gilt and blue). Green top stain. Interior crisp and clean. Dust jacket has light chipping at spine ends; one small chip to top edge of front panel; rear panel rubbed; not price clipped ($2.50). DJ in archival sleeve. 269 pp. 8 x 5.5 inches.
De Madariaga's comic novel which satirizes 20th century aspirations and human folly through the guise of a fantastical account of African civilization in the year 6922. Europe had been destroyed millennia earlier in a natural cataclysm and the white race gone extinct. Now, women control society, the Royal Ebonite Institute of Learning attempts to unpuzzle the "darkest period of history, that, namely, of the life and civilization of Europe," and the arrangements of social and political order are peculiarly worked out.
Salvador De Madariaga (1886-1978) was a Spanish diplomat, writer, historian, and pacifist. He was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and nominated multiple times for the Nobel Peace Prize, largely for his work with the League of Nations in the cause of disarmament throughout the 1920s.
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Publisher: Harper & Brothers
Place: New York and London
Year: No date (circa 1926)
Keywords: novel, fiction, satire, utopia, comedy, alternative civilizations,
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