Item #7390 The Colossus of Maroussi. Henry Miller.
The Colossus of Maroussi

The Colossus of Maroussi

Norfolk, CT: New Directions, c.1946. Early printing. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine gilt, original printed dust jacket.

"At that moment I rejoiced that I was free of possessions, free of all·ties, free of fear and envy and malice." Inscribed early printing of Henry Miller’s travel literature classic. After living in Paris for nine years, Miller left for Greece at the invitation of Lawrence Durrell on the eve of World War II. (The title refers to the lionized Greek literary figure George Katsimbalis rather than an ancient ruin.) Miller's impressionistic account details his experiences and observations during his travels to Athens, Crete, Corfu, Poros, Hydra and Delphi. Considered by some his best work, it was also notably Miller’s personal favorite. Inscribed to front endpaper: "Henry Miller / Big Sur / 4/20/46." Miller lived in Big Sur for many years after returning to the US in the early 1940s, writing several books there. Originally published in 1941, this copy with later titles by Miller listed to lower flap fo dust jacket, indicating publication in 1946, the year of his inscription. Slight roll to spine, light dustiness to cloth,some embrowning to endpapers from binder's glue; unclipped dust jacket with shallow chipping to spine-ends, light toning and edgewear. Very good or better overall. Item #7390


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