First Edition of Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese; Warmly Inscribed by Patrick Leigh Fermor with a Drawing
Mani: Travels In The Southern Peloponnese.
Fermor, Patrick Leigh.$2,000.00
Item Number: 4185
London: John Murray, 1958.
First edition of the author’s travelogue about the Mani in southern Greece, later complementing it with Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece and title-page vignette by Craxton, map of the southern Peloponnese by John Woodcock, and 26 photographs by Joan Eyres Monsell. Full page inscription and drawing by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the front free endpaper, “To Mary Anna with love from Paddy.” Leigh Fermor has also drawn the eye mimicking the dust jacket art by close friend and artist John Craxton. He also has written in Greek, translated as “where is Megalexandros p, 187.” Also is a letter in Leigh Fermor’s hand on his stationary to the recipient on the rear endpaper from 1971. 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. An excellent near fine example in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by John Craxton. A unique copy of this classic work.
"His greatest book, Mani, was about a journey through that little-known and, at the time, archaic region. [He] traveled simply, staying with fishermen and farmers, which enabled him to capture the essence of the region.Almost every page has its own literary tour de force, often with intimidating displays of learning and research mixed with fantasy, imagination and acute descriptions of the scene itself" (Robin Hanbury-Tenison, Geographical). "Mani and Roumeli: two of the best travel books of the century" (Financial Times).