"A city becomes a world when one loves one of its inhabitants": Signed Limited Edition of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet
The Alexandria Quartet. Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea.
Item Number: 81034
London: Faber & Faber, 1962.
Signed limited first edition of Durrell’s masterpiece, one of 500 numbered copies. Signed by Lawrence Durrell on the limitation page. Octavo, original orange cloth, hand-print design to upper board in black, yellow endpapers, top edge gilt. With the original acetate dust jacket, in the publisher’s black and gold slipcase. An exceptional example.
Lawrence Durrell's masterpiece The Alexandria Quartet are four novels set in Alexandria, Egypt during the 1940s. The first of his four novels Justine "demands comparison with the best books of our century." Balthazar continues Durrells epic series with "a spontaneous, resourceful new beauty" and, in the third novel Mountolive, Durrell again creates a "work of splendid craft and troubling veracity." The tetralogys final novel Clea completes Durrells stated design of modeling "the series on the relativity proposition in physics"altogether achieving "a spontaneous, resourceful new beauty" (New York Times).