Land Below the Wind – Agnes Keith (1939) (1st ed)


Land Below the Wind – Agnes Keith (1939) (1st ed)


Title: Land Below the Wind

Author: Agnes Keith

Publisher: Michael Joseph, 1939. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, fair. Good, except that ffep (showing map), has been torn off. Remnants of a sticker to half-title page. Slight foxing and soiling to edges. Binding tight, text clean. 319pp., app 9″ by 6″.

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About the book (from Goodreads):

This book was written during an era when Sabah was known as North Borneo, and when life was very much different from today’s. Reprinted many times, this classic, of Agnes Keith’s observations and reflections of the time, is a true-to-life record of society and culture then and of the captivating natural beauty of Sabah. Today, Sabah continues to be known as the “land below the wind”, a phrase used by seafarers in the past to describe all the lands south of the typhoon belt, but which Agnes effectively reserved for Sabah through her book. One of few written accounts of contemporary life in Borneo in the 1930s, this book is an invaluable record of a world gone by.

About Agnes Keith (from Wikipedia):

Agnes Newton Keith (July 4, 1901 – March 30, 1982) was an American author best known for her three autobiographical accounts of life in North Borneo (now Sabah) before, during, and after the Second World War. The second of these, Three Came Home, tells of her time in Japanese POW and civilian internee camps in North Borneo and Sarawak, and was made into a film of the same name in 1950. She published seven books in all.