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Book Description
John Murray, London, 1966. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First Edition (first printing). 8vo. 248pp. Blue cloth lettered in gold at the spine and with a small gilt-stamped vignette to the upper board. With twenty photographs by Joan Eyres-Monsell (i.e. the author's wife) and a double-spread sketch map by John Craxton. A nice bright copy in the handsome John Craxton-designed dust wrapper, non-price-clipped. The companion volume to the author's travelogue 'Mani' which was published eight years earlier. Bookplate of John Francis Hyde Villiers.
Dealer Notes
Dr John Francis Hyde Villiers, who died at his home in Norfolk, 11 February, 2020, aged 84, was a scion of the Earls of Clarendon.
“Here it all is once again: brilliance, the felicitous profusion, the exuberance of learning and information. . . .Roumeli is not a beginning and middle and end book, but a series of pictures loosely related, mainly placed in Roumeli, in the north of Greece. Its unity, however, is not geographic so much as psychological. It deals with secluded ways and people—communities but not minglers—people who either by the necessities of their crafts or the strength of their traditions have kept to their own stream, side by side but not deeply affected by the changes around them….Placed as we are at probably the most sudden turn in history, any writing that deals with what has so short a time of survival ahead adds, as it were, a museum interest to its own intrinsic qualities. These pictures of Greece are things that a coming generation will look for in vain among the realities of their day.”
Author Patrick Leigh Fermor
Date 1966
Binding Cloth
Publisher John Murray
Illustrator Joan Eyres-Monsell
Condition Near Fine
Pages 248

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