London: Macmillan, 1937. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression of "perhaps the greatest travel book of the 20th century . . . that dazzles as much today as it did on publication." (The Guardian) Crown 8vo (197 x 126mm): ix,341,pp, with 5 maps and 16 plates (including frontispiece) from monochrome photographs. First Issue binding of publisher's royal blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt; lacking the scarce dust jacket. An excellent example, square, tight, and bright, top edge very lightly faded; pages clean and crisp. Guardian Nonfiction 100, 40. National Geographic 100, 76. fading top edge. Fine. Item #BB2178
Byron's timeless account of a journey to Afghanistan, much admired by Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Paul Fussell (“what Ulysses is to the novel between the wars, and what "The Waste Land" is to poetry, The Road to Oxiana is to the travel book”), and Bruce Chatwin (“a sacred text”). In 1933, Byron, an "aggressive Oxford aesthete of the 'Brideshead generation, . . . set out on a journey to Persia and Afghanistan, by way of Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad, in search of the origins of Islamic architecture. After many vicissitudes, The Road to Oxiana (the remote northern borderland of Afghanistan) became the record of his 11-month journey, a fabulous and intoxicating weave of surreal vignettes, journal entries and odd playlets. In these gorgeous pages, poetry, gossip and scholarship become braided into an exotic tapestry . . . " (The Guardian) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, 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.).