The African Queen

by Forester, C S

The African Queen is the story of a jerry-rigged attack on a German gunboat in Central Africa during the early days of World War I. An important subplot is the love story between the Charlie Allnutt, captain of the small launch named The African Queen, and Rose Sayer, the sister and companion of an Anglican missionary who dies in the first part of the novel. Rose's personality is the driving force of the attack, and the novel. Interestingly, the original UK edition has a happy ending, with the couple surviving to be married, but in the US edition, Allnutt dies during the attack. -

First Edition Identification

The first U.K. edition can bring over $15,000 for a book in excellent condition. Wear to the edges of pages and the boards of the book is common, but the original printing holds up well. It should be noted that the US edition is known to be much more likely to have suffered damage, and is considered fragile. Copies of the first US edition in good shape are very rare, and can command several thousand (U.S.) dollars if they are without substantial flaws.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

The book inspired a classic well known film of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn in the major roles. The popularity of the movie contributes to the continuing interest in the book, and early copies of this title are highly sought after by collectors. -

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1935
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Boston: Little, Brown, 1935. Book. VG. Hardcover. First Edition. First printing. A VG copy in a fine facsimile dust jacket. Basis for the 1951 film directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn and Robert Morley. Only 2,500 copies printed. Scarce..
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London: William Heinemann, 1935. First Edition. Very good. Hardcover : pp. (4) (2) 3-283 (1, blank) : original brown cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine : LACKING dust jacket. Corners sharp but slightly rubbed; strip of cloth along tail of both boards is lighter (not sunned, maybe cleaned?); very small dint (1 x 3mm) to lower… Read more about this item
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Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1935.
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VG+ - NF Bantam 712, third printing. Softcover. Very nice copy of this classic.
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1935
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Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1935. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. First Printing. First American Edition. Basis for the classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn directed by John Huston in 1951. Very light foxing to page edges. Book Is fresh and clean with no marks except for light rubbing to bottom edges. The unclipped dustjacket is beautiful,… Read more about this item
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First American edition ("Published, February, 1935"). Octavo. Original patterned light brown cloth stamped in green. Dust jacket (unclipped; short closed tear; few small chips; eight small tape reinforcements on the verso; spine slightly toned). Very good, an attractive copy. First American edition, with an alternative ending to the first British edition. Provenance: Al Roubicek with his bookplate of the front… Read more about this item
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1935
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Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Co., 1935. 1st . Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 275pp.; HB brwn.'leaf'pattern w/green; some rub w/lt.wear on edges&corners; sml.hole,bk.hinge; PON; (3) 1"chips,last pg.; sml.sticker,bk.pastedwn.; clean,tight pgs. Adventure story of missionary's sister & cockney engineer using his boat to fight the Germans in Africa during WWI. … Read more about this item
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1935
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Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1935. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. First Edition, first printing (February, 1935). Original brown foliage-pattern embossed cloth stamped in pale green. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown; small area of light soiling at top lip of a few pages (mostly ffep and half-title pages, more slightly to title page); small spot of soiling in… Read more about this item
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1935.
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Boston:: Little, Brown,, 1935.. First American edition.. publisher's cloth in dust jacket.. Slightest of rubbing to the top of the spine; else a fine copy in a very near fine jacket with one tiny short tear to the bottom of the front panel.. 8vo,.
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The African Queen

The African Queen

by C S Forester

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First Thus
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1956
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London: Mermaid Books (Michael Joseph), 1956. First Thus. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
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THE AFRICAN QUEEN

THE AFRICAN QUEEN

by C. S Forester

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2002
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New York: Barnes & Noble. 2002. Hardcover. 0760725144 . Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. ; 8.40 X 5.80 X 1 inches; 228 pages .
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The African Queen (Penguin Books)

The African Queen (Penguin Books)

by C.S. Forester

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1965
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Penguin, 1965. Paperback. Good. 1965. 1965 Reprint. 189 pages. Paperback book with pictorial cover. Pages and binding are presentable with no major defects. Minor issues present such as mild cracking, inscriptions, inserts, light foxing, tanning and thumb marking. Overall a good condition item. Paper cover has mild edge wear with light rubbing and creasing. Some light marking and… Read more about this item
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1984
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Little Brown & Company, 1984. Paperback. Acceptable. Readable copy. Pages may have considerable notes/highlighting. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.
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1935
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The First UK printing published by William Heinemann Ltd., London in 1945. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition . Original publisher's tan cloth with gilt titling to the spine. Very light bumping to the lower corners. Mild pushing to the spine tips with a very light vertical crease to the spine. The binding remains very tight and sound. Mild… Read more about this item
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Used - Very slightly bumped at extremities of spine; else very near fine in a jacket which has a faint crease to the length of the back
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1935.
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Boston:: Little, Brown,, 1935.. First American edition.. publisher's cloth in dust jacket. Preserved in a custom cloth clamshell box.. Very slightly bumped at extremities of spine; else very near fine in a jacket which has a faint crease to the length of the backstrip , very near the rear joint. The dust jacket is otherwise brilliant; completely… Read more about this item
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THE AFRICAN QUEEN

by Forester, C. S.

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1935
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THE AFRICAN QUEEN, Little, Brown, 1935, first American edition, vg in like color pictorial dust-wrapper. Actually quite nice. The endings of this novel are considerably different for the English and American edition. Source book for the 1951 film of the same name.
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1935
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Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1935. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, first printing. Very Good, lacking the dust jacket. Light rubbing to extremities; light staining to top edge of page block. Light foxing to pages, chip missing from bottom corner of last page. A lovely copy of the book served as the basis for the movie… Read more about this item
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by Forester, C.S.

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1935
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Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1935. Very good plus in near-fine jacket.. First US edition of this classic WWI adventure story (with a dash of romance), following a skipper and missionary's housekeeper as they plot to destroy a German gunboat - adapted into a Hollywood film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. Far from the tall ships of… Read more about this item
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Cheap
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1936
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London: William Heinemann, 1936. Cheap. hardback. Good, published as 'a cheap edition, year after 1st, missing d/j, dark red clothboards a bit grubby, but black titling and decorations on both & spine v clear; pages unmarked but considerable foxing; binding tight. 12mo (190 x 130 / 7_"" x 5""). First published in 1935: The African Queen is an… Read more about this item
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1935
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Boston: Little, Brown, and Company,, 1935. Bright jacket First US edition, first printing. Forester's novel, also published in the UK the same year, was adapted into the highly successful film in 1951 starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Octavo. Original brown patterned cloth, spine and front cover lettered in green. With dust jacket. A near-fine copy in the… Read more about this item
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