London: John Murray [through 2013], 1977. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impressions of Leigh Fermor's magisterial account, in three volumes, of his epic journey at age 18, in 1933, from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. Publisher's navy-blue cloth, spines and upper covers lettered and decorated in gold or silver, in the wonderful dust jackets illustrated by John Craxton and Ed Kluz, priced, £6.50 and £25. Gifts: 8vo: ,291,pp, with frontispiece photographic portrait of Fermor by Valasa Cantacuzène and double-page map on khaki paper. Woods and Water: 8vo: 248pp, with double-page map on mint-green paper. Broken Road: Tall, thick 8vo: xxi, 362pp, with photographic portrait of the author and two full-page maps. Each volume is virtually pristine (neat gift inscription to front fly leaf of Time of Gifts) and likely unread, Fine, tight, and square, in about Fine jackets (Between the Woods and the Water is price-clipped). Fine / Fine-. Item #BB2118
A Time of Gifts recounts the journey as far as the Middle Danube. Between the Woods and the Water picks up with Fermor crossing the Mária Valéria bridge from Czechoslovakia into Hungary and ends at the Iron Gate, where the Danube formed the boundary between the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Romania. The Broken Road is a reconstruction of the third leg of Fermor's trek, pieced together by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper from Fermor's diary and an early draft he wrote in the 1960s, to include an account of his exploration of Mount Athos. Throughout, Fermor, a superb prose stylist, offers compelling glimpses of the resplendent domes, monasteries, great rivers, hospitable burgomasters, storks and frogs. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).