The Magic Isle

The author's travels in Haiti, with witchcraft, voodoo and the book that popularised the word zombie


W B Seabrook, illustrated by Alexander King and with photographs by the author.


George G. Harrap, London, 1931
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Printing Details

First edition, third printing. Hardback bound in the original black cloth with printed titling and pictorial cloth with zombie / voodoo faces and masks. 22 × 14.5cm, 320pp.

First published in 1929, The Magic Island offers firsthand accounts of Haitian voodoo and witchcraft rituals. Journalist and adventurer William Seabrook popularised the concept of the walking dead—zombies—to the West with this illustrated travelogue. Includes 20 line drawings by Alexander King and photographs by the author.


This copy is in very good condition for age. There is some light wear to the boards' edges with mottling but the printed design is clear. The inner binding is secure and the pages clean. Previous owner's name to ffep.



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