Scarce with such attributes
Fermor, Patrick Leigh ~ Mani : Presentation Copy – Signed And Doodled By The Author In the Year Of Publication : With The Scarce Wraparound Band
John Murray, London : 1958
The First UK Printing published by John Murray, London in 1958. The BOOK is in Near Fine condition with light pushing at the upper spine end. A hint of toning to the text-block. Light offsetting to the end-papers. Gilt titling and decoration remain bright. The WRAPPER is in Very Good++ or better condition. It is neatly clipped but the price remains on the lower flap. Light edge-wear at the spine tips. Mild toning to the spine, rear panel and flap edges. The 'Book Society Choice' wraparound Band is complete with one mild crease to the front flap portion. The John Craxton wrapper design looks striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been inscribed by the author in the year of publication to the front blank end-paper: 'To Lady Constance Milnes-Gaskell, wiht many greetings, from Patrick Leigh Fermor'. The inscription is dated 'Nov. 1958' to the lower page, with the intervening space occupied by Fermor's drawing of the symbolic eye that is the centre of the wrapper design, beneath which he has written (in Greek) the question 'where is Alexander the Great?' -asterisking with the reference 'answer on p.187', whereupon he has marked the relevant passage.. The recipient was a notable society personage, Woman of the bedchamber to Queen Mary from 1937-53 and Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent until her death in 1960. Accompanied by some loosely inserted postcards and photographs of sits in the book along with a slip showing a previous owner's hand drawn map. Scarce to find with such attributes.
CONDITION: Near Fine
JACKET: Very Good++