African Myths and Legends. Illustrated by Joan Kiddell-Monroe.
London, Oxford University Press, 1970. 14.5 x 22cm. 211 pages, with illustrations. Original clothbound hardcover with original dustjacket and illustrated endpapers. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear, including small (1cm) tear to dustjacket spine. Previous owner’s name on front free endpaper. [Oxford Myths and Legends Series].
Drawn from all parts of Africa, these stories convey the fierce sense of justice inherent in African peoples, their powers of patience and endurance, and their supreme ability as storytellers. A greedy spider, an evil shark, flying horses, a cruel baboon, a scheming tortoise, and a cunning hare are among the many animal characters in this riveting collection. Yet even though animals feature prominently in most of the stories, humans are not neglected either. Meet blacksmiths, kings, chiefs, peasants, and even an African Superman. There are also answers to such important questions as why the crab has no head, why the sun and moon live in the sky, and why flies buzz. The tales are collected from all across the continent—from Nigeria to Congo to South Africa—and translated from over a dozen languages like Swahili, Bantu, Fulani, Zulu, and Yoruba. [Oxford University Press]