"We were sorry to leave this beautiful place": First British Edition of Patrick Leigh Fermor's Three Letters From The Andes; Signed by the Author

  • Three Letters From the Andes.

Three Letters From the Andes.


Item Number: 3115

London: John Murray, 1991.

First British edition. Octavo, original cloth. Jacket designed by John Craxton. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Leigh Fermor on title page.

In 1971 the celebrated traveller Patrick Leigh Fermor accompanied five friends on a remarkable journey into the high Andes of Peru. His adventure took him from Cuzco to Urubamba, on to Puno and Juli on Lake Titicaca, down to Arequipa and finally back to Lima. The expedition was led by a writer and poet and the party included a Swiss international skier and jeweller, a social anthropologist from Provence and a Nottinghamshire farming squire - all seasoned mountaineers. The other two participants - the author himself and a botany-loving duke - were complete novices. As the group travelled from Lima into increasingly remote parts of the country, Leigh Fermor captured their experiences in a series of letters to his wife. "Patrick Leigh Fermor is an exquisite among travel writers ... Having a polished sense of poetry and a bright sense of humour, he outshines Lawrence ... This is a delicious book" (Sunday Telegraph).

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