New York: Macmillan, (1971). Single volume, measuring 9 x 7 inches: xii, , 113, . Original full pictorial orange cloth lettered and stamped in black, orange endpapers, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Foreword and glossary before text; black-and-white illustrations throughout text, including a double-page spread. Top edge of jacket toned, shallow nick to top edge of back panel.
First English edition of these folk tales of the Mossi people of West Africa, translated and illustrated by Frederic Guirma, Upper Volta’s first ambassador to the United Nations. Moré, the language of the Mossi, has no written alphabet; this collection marks the first publication of these stories “in any language.” The legends and comic stories are sprinkled liberally with proverbs: “In a community a dispute is everyone’s business,” “meanness is always a bad investment.” In one tale, a prince battles monsters to keep his love from becoming a phantom; in another, an elephant proposes a duel with a rooster. A near-fine copy.