Lawrence Durrell writing as Gaffer Peeslake:

BROMO BOMBASTES: A Fragment From a Laconic Drama.

Published: London: Caduceus Press.

Date: 1933

First edition, first impression, limited to 100 copies. Inscribed presentation copy. Original deep black boards with printed label to front board. A near fine sharp copy with two unobtrusive water stains to front board. Endpapers lightly foxed, otherwise fine internally.

Inscribed on the front free endpaper “Gaffer Peeslake - Cesspit - Corfu - Greece - To Theodore with undying love”. Inscribed by the author to Theodore Stephanides, the doctor, poet, translator, naturalist and polymath immortalised in Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals and lifelong friend to the Durrell family. Theodore and Lawrence enjoyed a warm friendship, sharing a love of Corfu and corresponding over many years to consult on matters of literature and Greek flora and fauna; such was the debt Durrell felt to Stephanides' generously shared knowledge that he dedicated both The Greek Islands (1978) and The Magnetic Island to his friend and mentor. In 1933 Durrell was 21, and this verse drama was his third publication, preceded only by two collections of poetry. An early work with a terrific association and a monument to a fabled literary friendship.


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