Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese. 8vo. 320pp. Red cloth w/embossed gold detailing, paper wrappers with cover design by John Craxton. First UK edition. True first edition, NOT the Book Society edition (which happened to be published in the same year). Near fine book in a very good, price-clipped wrapper. Some modest shelf wear to jacket’s edges. Two small, closed tears to the head of the spine, as well as some light chipping. Otherwise the jacket is bright, vibrant and overall in an excellent condition. John Caxton’s cover illustration is a particular highlight. The contents of the book is clear, bright and complete, in a square and firm binding. A valuable and important true first edition. “His greatest book, Mani, was about a journey through that little-known and, at the time, archaic region.[He] traveled simply, staying with fishermen and farmers, which enabled him to capture the essence of the region. Almost every page has its own literary tour de force, often with intimidating displays of learning and research mixed with fantasy, imagination and acute descriptions of the scene itself” (Robin Hanbury-Tenison, Geographical). “Mani and Roumeli: two of the best travel books of the century” (Financial Times).
FERMOR; Patrick Leigh, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, John Murray Ltd., 1958
Smith, J. Calvin., The Illustrated Hand-Book, a New Guide for Travelers Through the United States of America: Containing a Description of the States, Cities, Towns, Villages, Watering Places, Colleges, Etc., Etc.; with the Railroad, Stage, and Steamboat routes, the Distance, Sherman & Smith 1849