London: Methuen and Co. Ltd., . First Edition, First Impression. Octavo, original light gray cloth stamped in red on spine panel. 264 pp, decorated title page printed in red and black. Bookplate on front free endpaper, dated 1945; otherwise a very good / near fine copy in dust jacket that is a bit frayed at spine head, somewhat tanned along the spine and with a horizontal scuff midway up the spine, price corner intact. Item #311333
¶ Utopian reincarnation novel, or what the author called a 'previous life autobiography'. The tale is set in the distant past amongst North American Indians; two children, the boy, Raki and the girl, Piyani, grow up together away from a tribe which separates the sexes. The boy undergoes the ordeals of the warrior and becomes a Scarlet Feather; the girl wins the same honour by living for seven years in a woman's role. Together, as dual Chief, the 'not-man' and 'not-woman', they lead a new tribe into an uninhabited country to live in equality. "I think that of all the lives I can remember, the most concise and effective instructions for living I have learned was when I was a pre-historic North American Indian..." - from 'Speaking from the Heart', Joan Grant's autobiography.