A Time of Gifts.
On foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube.London, John Murray, 1977 Stock Code: 141451
NotesFirst edition, first impression. In the winter of 1933, at the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London on an epic journeyto walk to Istanbul, or "Constantinople" as Leigh Fermor insists with dogged atavism on calling the city in spite of its official renaming in 1930. Part antiquarian pilgrimage through a Europe that was being changed irrevocably by National Socialism, part adolescent coming-of-age adventure, A Time of Gifts (which relates the first part of the journey, as far as Hungary) is undoubtedly the author's masterpiece, ranking among the greatest travel books of the twentieth century. This copy includes the original dust jacket designed by the painter, graphic artist, and theatre designer John Craxton, known for being "one of the leading exponents of Neo-Romanticism" (Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists).
Octavo. Original blue boards, titles to spine and decoration to upper board gilt. With the illustrated dust jacket.
Photographic portrait frontispiece, and a two-page map.
Head of spine bumped, but binding square and firm, internally clean; a near-fine copy in the jacket, very slight whitening to spine ends, small crease to top of front panel, but bright and clean.
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