Dictionary of the Hausa Language
1968, owned and rebound by British artist David Heathcote
Second edition, second impression. Hardback, rebound in blue leather with gilt titling and David Heathcote's name in gilt to the upper board. 22 × 14.5cm, xxvii + 992pp.
This copy belonged to British artist David Heathcote (b.1931), who after studying at the Slade School of Art, worked in Zimbabwe and Nigeria for twenty years, an experience that would contribute significantly to his creative vision.
A dictionary of the Hausa language, from to Hausa to English. Hausa is a Chadic language spoken in Northern Nigeria and the surrounding countries. For example gizaka is a caterpillar whose hairs come out on being touched and cause irritation; farangaita is travel slowly from illness or fatigue, and ya rikida kura is he changed into a hyena.
A reference copy only but in good readable condition. The blue leather binding is mottled and marked, and the pages edges are foxed and tanned. However, the main body of text is in better condition, with secure binding and clear text.