"I met Aunt Augusta for the first time at my mother's funeral...": First Edition of Graham Greene's Travels With My Aunt; Signed by Him

  • Travels With My Aunt.

Travels With My Aunt.

Item Number: 56089

London: The Bodley Head, 1969.

First British edition of Greene’s classic novel about smuggling currency out of Great Britain. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Graham Greene on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by Stephen Russ. Uncommon signed.

Described by Graham Greene as "the only book I have written just for the fun of it," Travels with My Aunt is the story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel her way—winding through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, and Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, one of Greene's greatest comic creations, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society; mixes with hippies, war criminals, and CIA men; smokes pot; and breaks all currency regulations. It was the basis for the film directed by George Cukor, starring Maggie Smith and Alec McCowen. The screenplay by Jay Presson Allen and Hugh Wheeler. It was adapted as a musical in 2016 starring Patricia Hodge.