Quantity: 1 available
Book Condition: Near Fine
Title of Vintage Autographed RARE Travel Memoirs Book: “Cape Town to Cairo” by Lillie B. Douglass
This spectacular RARE out-of-print book is signed by the author, Lillie B. Douglass, as a personalized inscription to the original owners of the book, a former mayor of Sedona, Arizona Thron Riggs and his wife Iva Riggs in blue ink pen.
Excellent reading on the subject matter, and a marvelous reference/resource book, as well as a scarce autogrpahed first edition of this very sought after title.
Author(s): Lillie B. Douglass, a/k/a Lillie Bernard Douglass (sometimes erroneously misspelled as Douglas)
*Table of Contents
*List of Illustrations
*List of Route Maps
Dust Jacket Summary: “This volume, CAPE TOWN TO CAIRO, recounts the adventures of forty-one American families who journeyed the length of the African continent by house trailer in 1959. The group, a Wally Byam Caravan, included more than one hundred persons, aged xis to eighty-six...”
Illustrated/Illustrations: YES, with approximately fifty-nine (59) fascinating black and white photographs by the author, as well as six (6) route maps and an endsheet general map by Barton Wright, curator of the Museum of Northern Arizona at Flagstaff.
Library of Congress Subject(s)/Category(ies)/Genre(s): Africa, East - Description and Travel
*Autographed/Inscribed/Signed by the author
*Original Dust Jacket
*Profusely illustrated photographically, as well as with route map illustrations by Barton Wright, Curatory of the Museum of Northern Arizona at Flagstaff
*Decorated endpapers consisting of maps
*Provenance (originally owned by a prominent personage, Thron Riggs, a former mayor of Sedona, Arizona)
Provenance: Acquired from the estate of Thron Riggs (1921-2015), former mayor of Sedona, Arizona from 1992 to 1996. The author also resided in Sedona, Arizona at one point in her lifetime, and that is evidently how and when Thron Riggs and his wife Iva met her in person on a certain occasion(s) and obtained the personalized autograph at that time.
Autograph/Signature/Inscription Details: Original autograph, hand-signed in blue ink, with this personalized inscription: “To Thron and Iva Riggs with best wishes Lillie Bernard Douglass”
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Dust Jacket(s): YES, and unclipped original illustrated pictorial glossy dust jacket, as issued
Price: Original selling price for this book, per the unclipped dust jacket, was $6.95
Year/Date of Publication: 1964 (1960s)
Publisher/Printer & Location Published/Printed: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. - Caldwell, Idaho
Edition: Unstated 1st edition (first edition)
ISBN #: None
Page Count/Total Numbered Pages: 348 numbered pages
Ex-Library/Ex-Remainder Volume(s): NO!
Size/Measurements: 6" W x 8 1/2" H
Quantity: One (1) book plus miscellaneous extras that came with the book
*A bookmark from The Worm Bookstore in Sedona, Arizona (perhaps where this book was originally purchased at or close to the time of publication)
*A sheet of hotel stationery from the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona
*A newspaper page from a Sedona, Arizona newspaper commemorating it’s 40th anniversary, and containing an article entitled the “Friends of the Library Provide Foundation” and containing a photograph in which the author, Lillie B. Douglass appears, bearing this caption: “An early fundraising effort by the Friends of the Sedona Library, Inc. Was held at the Jordan Road library. Pictured here are: Dorothy Love, Mabs Alpeter, Lillie Douglas, Cecil Brown (Sedona Public Library’s first librarian), and Dorothy Wright.”
Condition Summary: Near fine condition.
Condition Details/Specifics: All pages are present and intact (there are none missing, torn or loose), and they are crisp, sharp-cornered, bright and clean, exhibiting no: corner folds or creases; previous owner’s marks; bookplates; writing (other than personalized inscription of author); notes; marginalia; highlighting; age toning/coloration; foxing; markings; water damage; staining; or odors of any kind.
A noted condition factor is that the dust jacket cannot be fully removed from the book because something is causing the back page of the jacket to adhere to the back cover of the book itself.
The beautifully illustrated and brilliantly colored dust jacket as well as the richly russet colored cover boards and very tight spine retain vibrant “as new” coloration, with the dust jacking having well and fully-protected the book all these years. The book appears to either have never been read, or only very carefully so. The book iself exhibits no shelf edge wear. The unclipped dust jacket does exhibit very minimal bottom and upper edge wear, as well as three tiny nicks/tears - one on the lower leftmost portion of the front side, one on the upper rightmost portion of the back side, and one on the lower leftmost portion of the back side. This book has been very well-cared for and only very gently handled, appearing to either have never been read, or only very carefully so, making this is an extremely nice copy of a very sought-after, desirable book!
Excerpted Research Information About the Author, Lillie Bernard Douglass (attributed to book jacket): “Lillie Bernard Douglass was born near Rush Springs, Indian Territory a few weeks before the area became a part of the new state of Oklahoma. She married Ralph Karl Douglass of Anadarko in 1925. In 1927 she graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and worked as a registered pharmacist in Oklahoma, 1929-1936. Then until 1952 she was co-owner of the Navajo-Hopi Indian Trading Post at Flagstaff, Arizona...
Retiring to a country home at Sedona, Arizona she discovered the need for additional activity and began travling a part of each year, first by automobile, then by trailer...
In 1959 Mr. And Mrs. Douglass went by freighter to Cape Town, South Africa to join forty other trailer families on a seven-months’ Wally Byam Caravan north to Cairo. After three months in the Middle East the Douglasses crossed over into Europe...Mrs. Douglass remained in Spain and Morocco, North Africa the following winter to write the account of her African experiences, CAPE TOWN TO CAIRO...”
Excerpted Online Research Information About Thron Riggs (attributed to https://www.redrocknews.com/news/88888901-human-interest/14486-former-mayor-thron-riggs-dies): “As mayor, his greatest contribution was undoubtedly his leading role in preserving Sedona’s quality of life when commercial interests were drooling over the prospect of ‘Disneylanding’ the quaint little arts colony. A lot of this work was done before he was mayor, as he served on countless committees, boards and ad hoc groups. He was remarkably committed to civic and cultural service throughout his life...
Larson Newspapers Publisher Bob Larson knew Riggs during his time as mayor and afterward.
“Thron was one of the top three mayors Sedona has ever had. He truly worked for the entire community and had no hidden agenda...
Thron P. Riggs said his father was proud of his education — University of Washington with honors, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Southern California.
He was then a tackle for the Boston Yanks, an early National Football League team — he was believed to be the oldest surviving NFL alumnus when he died.
He also served in World War II as a Marine, where he saw action in the Pacific Theater and was discharged with the rank of captain...
Riggs was born in Buckley, Wash. He married his wife Wilburta in 1947 and had four children. Four years after Wilburta died in 1961, he married Iva Lee Calley and had two daughters.
He worked for Chevron for a time, took an early retirement and became a senior vice president at Commonwealth Refining in Puerto Rico. Years later, he would form his own energy consulting company.
Riggs, who died in Tempe, Arizona is survived by his wife, Iva, children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His ashes will be spread on his former football field along with his sister’s.”
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Title: Cape Town to Cairo Book Autographed/Signed/Inscribed by Author Lillie B. Douglass with Dust Jacket ***USPS PRIORITY MAIL SHIPPING INCLUDED – DOMESTIC ORDERS ONLY!***
Categories: Autographed, Signed, Inscribed,
Edition/Printing: First Edition
Publisher: Caldwell, Idaho, The Caxton Printers, Ltd. : 1964
Binding/Type: Hardcover - Cloth Boards
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Type/Condition: Very Good+
Special Attributes: Travel Memoir
Size: 6" W x 8 1/2" H
lbs: 2.00 1 lbs
Seller ID: Cape Town to Cairo Autographed Book
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