First Edition of John Dos Passos' Orient Express; Signed by Him
Dos Passos, John.
Item Number: 51078
New York: Harper and Brothers, Publishers, 1927.
First edition of this early travelogue by the author of The U.S.A. Trilogy. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrations in color from paintings by Dos Passos. Boldly signed by John Dos Passos on the front free endpaper. In very good condition, lacking the rare dust jacket.
Orient Express, a memoir of the author’s travels through Eastern Europe, the Near East, and the Middle East, focuses on sights, sounds, and smells rather than plot or character. Dos Passos applies his instincts as a painter to mountain ranges and grimy alleyways, finding beauty everywhere. His tour extends from Tiflis, Georgia, to Erivan, Armenia, and Marrakesh, Morocco; from Kasvin, Iran, to Baghdad, Iraq, and Damascus, Syria. He crosses the Syrian Desert, observes the aftermath of the Greek-Turkish War, climbs the Caucasus, explores Persia during the rise of Reza Kahn, and records the creation of Iraq by the British. His message is clear and relevant to contemporary travelers: holiness and happiness abounds in the East as much as the West.