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STARK, Freya.

The Lycian Shore.

Published: London: John Murray, 1956

Stock code: 112442

Price: £250

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to “Valerie Edwards, with grateful thanks and good wishes from Freya Stark, 1956” on the letterhead of the Royal Geographical Society tipped in to the front free endpaper, and inscribed by the recipient “Valerie Edwards (received this book from the authoress April 1956, London)” on the half-title. After the failure of her marriage to diplomat Stewart Perowne in 1952, Stark was invited by Lord Balfour’s nephew David Balfour on a three-month yachting trip along Turkey’s Lycian coast. “Travel had long been Freya’s palliative, and once again it served her well. Turkey promised just the fresh challenge she craved, and she immediately started to study the language and refresh herself on the major Greek and Roman authors as a new ambition stirred” (Fletcher Geniesse, Freya Stark: Passionate Nomad, p. 353).

Octavo. Original blue-green cloth, spine an front board lettered in gilt, top edge blue, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. With the dust jacket. Wood-engraved vignette title page printed in red and black, 15 plates from the author’s own photographs, line-drawings to the text. Extremities sunned, spine and page-edges spotted, occasional foxing, mainly to margins and to pages facing plates. A very good copy in the slightly rubbed dust jacket with a toned rear panel.

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