The Shadowed Mirror (Signed copy)
Signed by Joan Medhurst, quite a scarce 1950s race novel
First edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 20.5 × 13.5cm, 312pp.
Signed and dedicated by Joan Medhurst to the title page.
From the dustwrapper: "When Dr Ulaga Morris, the son of a tribal chief, left his clinic in Central Africa, his ostensible reason was to study plastic surgery. He had also made it his purpose to find a white doctor who would be unselfish enough to join him in his work for his backward people. He knew what to expect in England; he knew that while there is no colour bar in the official sense, prejudice runs deep, and even the more enlightened members of society may have difficulty in concealing their embarrassment at the sight of a black skin. The reactions of the other lodgers to him at Glebelands, a guesthouse on the outskirts of the North Country city of North Hambridge, depended on their personalities, while the unspoken challenge and the invisible barrier created by his presence found out their weakest and their strongest points. The humanity of the coloured doctor was to make a deep impression on the lives of all those with whom he came into contact during his search, but misunderstanding led to tragedy and a violent climax."
The book is in very good condition, the dustwrapper creased with a small few tears to the edges but it has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.