First Edition of A Time To Keep Silence; Warmly Inscribed by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • A Time To Keep Silence.

A Time To Keep Silence.


Item Number: 2641

London: John Murray, 1957.

First edition of the author’s third book, regarding his experiences in various monasteries. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed by the author, “Mary Anna with love from Paddy 2.6.88." The recipient was Mary Anna Marten (with her bookplate to the inside gutter), who was the daughter of the 3rd and last Lord Alington of Crichel and later trustee of The British Museum. Near fine in the original dust jacket with a chip to the crown of the spine and overall wear.

"More than a history or travel journal, however, this beautiful short book is a meditation on the meaning of silence and solitude for modern life" (New York Review of Books). "His shortest book (and to my mind his best)its hammered terseness isa good match for the sobriety of the subject" (Anthony Lane, The New Yorker).

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