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FIELDING, Xan.

The Stronghold.

An Account of the Four Seasons in the White Mountains of Crete. With photographs by Daphne Bath.

London: Secker & Warburg, 1953 Stock Code: 141765
£450.00
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First edition, first impression. Fielding, who was based as an intelligence officer in Crete from January to August 1942 and from November 1942 to January 1944, "described the White Mountains in Crete with vivacity and skill" (ODNB). The photographs in this work were taken by the socialite and author Daphne Thynne, marchioness of Bath, whom Fielding married in 1953. In 1947 John Craxton, who supplied the artwork for the dust jacket, made his first visit to Crete, the island he was to make his home from 1960, where he "captured the vivacity of the local characters, often concentrating on portraits with geometric facets of light outlines", as can be seen here (ODNB).

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, map endpapers. With the dust jacket, artwork by John Craxton.

Illustrations

Photographic frontispiece, 6 plates with 17 photographic reproductions, large folding map.

Condition

Bookseller's ticket to front pastedown. Very slight rubbing to spine ends and corners, but binding square and firm, offsetting from bookseller's ticket to front free endpaper; a very good copy in the price-clipped jacket, spine toned with chips and creases to ends, minor loss at head, closed tear to front flap.

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