The Man from Dahomey: An Historical Novel - Frank YerbyLondon, Melbourne, Toronto, Johannesburg & Auckland: Heinemann, 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top corner of the first blank clipped.
From the cover: “Two brothers are returning from a slave auction in Virginia. In the back of their wagon sits a tall silent Negro. ‘Matt, you ever wonder what he was like — back there? In Africa, I mean?’ ‘No, and I don’t aim to start now,’ comes his brother’s sullen reply. And the wagon creaks on.
But they have unknowingly bought a great chief of Dahomey, a magnificent man of position and power, governor of a province, husband of six wives, one of them the daughter of a king. This is the story of his life — from boyhood and youthful romance, through the terrors of war, passionate grief in bereavement, great love, to honour as a hero and leader of men, and beyond …
Delving deep into the West African past, Frank Yerby recreates a great nation of the early nineteenth century — Dahomey, home of a rich culture where knowledge and religious conviction mingled strangely with barbaric ceremony. Based on intensive research, given an unusually exotic setting and written with immense vitality, The Man from Dahomey is an impressive and exciting historical novel.”