“the feeling of being lost in time and geography with months and years hazily sparkling ahead in a prospect of inconjecturable magic": First Edition of Each Work in Patrick Leigh Fermor's Trilogy; Each Signed by Him

  • A Time of Gifts; Between the Woods and the Water; The Broken Road.
  • A Time of Gifts; Between the Woods and the Water; The Broken Road.
  • A Time of Gifts; Between the Woods and the Water; The Broken Road.

A Time of Gifts; Between the Woods and the Water; The Broken Road.

$2,800.00

Item Number: 62007

London: John Murray, 1977-2013.

First editions of each volume in Leigh Fermor’s trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water are signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the title page. The Broken Road, which was published posthumously is signed by editors Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper on the title page. Jacket artwork by John Craxton. Near fine in a near fine to fine dust jackets.

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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