Down There On a Visit.

“This is the best of Mr. Isherwood's novels" (Cyril Connolly): First Edition of Down There On a Visit; Inscribed by Him

Down There On a Visit.

ISHERWOOD, Christopher.


Item Number: 110673

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1961.

First edition of this novel from the author of Goodbye Berlin and what many consider his finest novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Vincente Urbistondo, with my best wishes Christopher Isherwood Oct 22 1967.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.

Bremen, 1928. The Greek Islands, 1932. London, 1938. California, 1940. Four portraits, four settings, four narrators all named Christopher Isherwood. Here are the postcards home from a spiritual tourist looking for a new mode of life as well as a new place to live while Europe, and then the world, moves relentlessly toward war. Which of the guides he encounters can lead him to a better future? The businessman, the utopian, the guru, the geisha? Published in 1961, Down There on a Visit is based on material from a proposed epic that would also have incorporated The Berlin Stories. It is now widely regarded as the most accomplished of Isherwood's novels. “This is probably Isherwood's best novel. It offers the sheer pleasure of writing completely personal and yet completely controlled, radiant with observation, never wasting a word, funny and sympathetic" (Stephen Spender, The New Republic),

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