Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1969, 1978. First Editions. First Printings. Two octavo volumes (23.5cm); brown and black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt and silver on spines; dustjackets; xviii,380,; xvi,473,pp. Both volumes generously inscribed by the author to J. Wayne Fredericks, the former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1961-67). Vol.1 reads: "Wayne / With fond regards and respect for a pathmaker in African affairs / John Marcum." Vol.2 reads: "Would that you had been in a position to alter the last chapter before it was history! With deep affection and respect to a village elder and mentor / John Marcum / Bronxville / March 3, 1979." Slight lean and some faint foxing to endpapers on Vol.1, with both volumes showing some trivial dust-soil to covers; contents fresh; Near Fine. Dustjacket on Vol.1 shows modest wear, several small tears, and attendant creases, with some foxing to upper flaps; Very Good+. Dustjacket on Vol.2 is Near Fine, with some light wear and a single, tiny tear.
A substantial work on the Angolan Revolution and its causes by Marcum (1927-2013), an Africanist scholar whose long academic career involved extensive work on post-colonialism, involvement in the anti-apartheid movement, and foundational research on Angola and Mozambique.