Cape Town and Johannesburg: Juta and Co., Ltd, 1952. First Edition. Octavo (19.5 x 13.5cm), pp. (12), 54pp, (22) full page photographic illustrations. Original pale green cloth boards with cream cloth spine, lettering in pale green on the spine, unclipped photographic dustjacket (depicting Helen Keller at Home, reading a braille book, her dog at her feet). Inscribed “w. Kind regards, A.W. Blaxall” on the f.f.e.p. and dated 1954. Boards soiled along top edge, occasional fox mark, last endpapers starting at the gutter, dust jacket chipped and creased, now protected in mylar. Good / poor. Item #787
In 1951 a seventy year-old Helen Keller visited South Africa for two months and one week visiting 28 schools and institutions and addressing an estimated fifty thousand people in forty-eight meetings and receptions. Her account of her perceptions of this visit form the second part of this book, written after she returned home. The first part is an introduction by Blaxall, the Anglican priest known for his work among the deaf and blind in South Africa. He lost no opportunity in promoting Keller’s message as one of hope for a “country divided against itself”. Helen Keller passed away in 1968 and Blaxall, eleven years her junior, followed two years later in 1970.