First Edition of Patrick Leigh Fermor's The Traveller's Tree; Signed by Him
The Traveller’s Tree: A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands.
Leigh Fermor, Patrick.$2,000.00
Item Number: 81193
London: John Murray, 1950.
First edition of Leigh Fermor’s first book. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Illustrations by A. Costa.
"In the late 1940s Patrick Leigh Fermor, now widely regarded as one of the twentieth centurys greatest travel writers, set out to explore the then relatively little-visited islands of the Caribbean. Rather than a comprehensive political or historical study of the region, The Travellers Tree, Leigh Fermors first book, gives us his own vivid, idiosyncratic impressions of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, Barbados, Trinidad, and Haiti, among other islands. Here we watch Leigh Fermor walk the dusty roads of the countryside and the broad avenues of former colonial capitals, equally at home among the peasant and the elite, the laborer and the artist. He listens to steel drum bands, delights in the Congo dancing that closes out Havanas Carnival, and observes vodou and Rastafarian rites, all with the generous curiosity and easy erudition that readers will recognize from his subsequent classic accounts A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water" (New York Review Books).