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Dinesen Isak Out of Africa

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

Isak Dinesan is the penname name of Karen Bixen, a Dutch baroness and author who would go on to pen dozens of works of poetry and prose, many of which sit unpublished in the Royal Danish Library. Out of Africa is a vivid and unparalleled memoir about Bixen’s time on a coffee plantation in Africa over the course of almost two decades. The work has dazzled readers and scholars with its nonlinear structure, beautiful melancholy, and devotion to painting an accurate picture of the Africans she knew. This 1938 first American edition retains that beauty and hope that Bixen, as Dinesan, hoped to capture in her record of life in Africa. The pictorial dust jacket is unique and vivid among today’s later attempts to replicate.

We collected a sample of 23 auction results of Dinesen, Isak's Out of Africa from 2 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $60 and the highest overall price realized was $600. The overall average price was $283 and the median price realized for the book was $300. There were 11 auctions (48%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 3 auctions (13%) exceeding the high estimates, and 9 auctions (39%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a PBA sale on January 26, 2006 of a 1938 - Random House edition for $600 that described as in a near fine jacket; a PBA sale on June 02, 2005 of a 1937 - Putnam edition for $510 that described as very good and clean in an about very good jacket;

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
PBA July 14, 2016 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $10-$100 $72 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 14, 2016 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $200-$300 $450 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 20, 2015 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $150-$250 $168 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 20, 2015 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $100-$150 $60 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 16, 2015 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $150-$250 $108 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 25, 2013 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $200-$300 $156 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA July 5, 2012 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 15, 2012 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $300-$500 $330 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 5, 2012 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 6, 2011 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $300-$500 $240 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 24, 2011 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $250-$350 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 7, 2010 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $300-$500 $192 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 22, 2009 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $400-$600 $240 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 16, 2009 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $400-$600 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 15, 2009 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $400-$600 $360 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 9, 2008 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $400-$600 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA September 27, 2007 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $300-$500 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA September 28, 2006 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $300-$500 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 9, 2006 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $300-$500 $330 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 26, 2006 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York Random House 1938 $300-$500 $600 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann September 29, 2005 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York 1938 $200-$300 $546 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA June 2, 2005 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa London Putnam 1937 $500-$800 $510 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann October 18, 2001 Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa New York 1938 $150-$250 $161 Swann Copies for Sale