• A Time of Gifts

"Paradox reconciles all contradictions": First Edition of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time of Gifts; Signed by Him

A Time of Gifts.

Item Number: 3539

London: John Murray, 1977.

First edition of the author’s masterpiece that ranks among the greatest travel books of the twentieth century. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Leigh Fermor on the title page. Name on the front endpaper, near fine in an excellent near fine dust jacket that shows only light wear. A sharp copy.

At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London on an epic journey—to walk to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the rich account of his adventures as far as Hungary, after which Between the Woods and the Water continues the story to the Iron Gates that divide the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. Jan Morris called it "[n]othing short of a masterpiece." "Rightly considered to be among the most beautiful travel books in the language" (Independent). "[Patrick Leigh Fermor] stands beside Robert Byron as the finest travel writer of his generation" (Colin Thubron).

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