New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1977. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher’s blue cloth over slate paper-covered boards, spine gilt, slate endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
British author Patrick Leigh Fermor’s most celebrated book. Widely viewed as the greatest travel writer of his generation, Fermor began his series of intrepid journeys when he was only 18-years-old, making an ambitious 1200-mile trek from Europe to Constantinople on foot. Published when he was in his early 60s, the present volume is an account of the first part of his journey to central Europe. It was followed by Between the Woods and the Water (1986), which ends when he reaches the Iron Gate, and The Broken Road (published posthumously in 2013), which narrates the completion of his journey in 1934. Illustrated in black-and-white with a frontispiece photo portrait by Valasa Cantacuzène; with index. Dust jacket design by Honi Werner. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Pencil notes to half-title. Light toning to board edges; shallow chipping and edgewear to extremities of unclipped dust jacket. Very good. Item #5798