The Prevalence of Witches

In a super Edward Bawden dustwrapper


Aubrey Menen


Chatto & Windus, London, 1947
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Printing Details

First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 19.5 × 12.5cm, 271pp.

The first novel (partly autobiographical) by the Indo-Irish author Aubrey Menen, about his civil service stint as education officer sent by the Govt of British India to civilize the Dangis, a remote forest tribe in North Western India. The book is the tale of the efforts of the political agent and the education officer, aided by a phoney occidential "swami", to secure true justice for a village headman on a charge of murder after he killed a witch, a task he saw as his duty.


The book is in very good condition, with clean pages and secure binding. The Edward Bawden dustwrapper is in good order but with marginal loss to the edges and a small hole to the rear panel. Slightly worn to the spine with minor loss to the spine ends. The wrapper has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.

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