The Face of Spain.London: Turnstile Press, 1950 Stock Code: 145827
First edition, first impression, a superb presentation copy from the author to his brother Hugh Blair Brenan and his wife Marjorie Rhoda Brenan, inscribed on the front free endpaper "to Blair and Rhoda with best love from Gerald".
An English bohemian on the peripheries of the Bloomsbury Group, Brenan lived in Spain from 1919 onwards, until he had to flee the country in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. From afar, he wrote numerous passionate accounts of the people, culture, and literature of the nation, writings which were acclaimed by academic and popular readers alike. The present book "is a vivid and day-to-day account of the author's return to his Andalusian house and village after an absence of thirteen years and of his subsequent travels about the country. Full of portraits and conversations with the ordinary men and women whom he met, it will give the reader a picture of what life in Spain is like to-day" (jacket front flap). He was permitted to permanently return to Spain in 1953, despite his opposition to the Franco regime, and with the publication of his works in Spanish following the end of Francoism, he has been highly esteemed by his adopted country.
Octavo. Original pink cloth, spine lettered in black. With a supplied dust jacket.
Generally a little shaken, dulled and rubbed from reading, a good copy in like jacket, chipped at extremities.
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