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DURRELL, Lawrence, and others.

Personal Landscape.

Published: Cairo: Press of the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology, 1942-45

Stock code: 104203

Price: £2,000

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First editions, a complete set. Personal Landscape is perhaps the best-known product of the literary flowering in wartime Egypt. Durrell and Fedden were part of a group of poets that “sought an apolitical poetry that put a lyrical premium on personal experience during wartime”, keeping alive the concept of the private individual, in contrast to other soldier-poets who wrote patriotic poems in the tradition of Kipling, and who endeavoured, “in Roger Bowen’s words, ‘to memorialize the soldier as amateur poet and oral historian.'” From the library of Anthony Hobson, with his bookplate to the inner cover of the solander box; Hobson (1921-2014) was the director of Sotheby’s and noted bibliophile.

8 parts, original wrappers. Housed in a quarter black morocco solander box. The leaves of two issues more browned than others.

Bibliography: Hirsch, A Poet's Glossary, 2014, p. 85; Fraser & Thomas, p. 235-6.

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