London: John Murray, 1957. First trade edition. Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket. About-fine book, price-clipped jacket with John Murray remainder sticker. A splendid, nearly-fine copy. Item #96
"AN ANCIENT WISDOM EXORCISING THE MEMORY OF THE CONFLICT AND BLOODSHED OF THE INTERVENING CENTURIES, THAT BRINGS ITS MESSAGE OF TRANQUILITY TO QUIETEN THE MIND AND COMPOSE THE SPIRIT" First trade edition of Patrick Leigh "Paddy" Fermor's third book, a series of lyrical reflections on the modern legacies of monasticism. "Paddy's two sublime masterpieces, A Time to Keep Silence and A Time for Gifts, are among the most beautifully written books of travel of any period, and it was really he who created the persona of the bookish wanderer: the footloose scholar in the wilds, scrambling through remote mountains, a knapsack of good books on his shoulder." (William Dalrymple, The Best Travel Writing). Fermor visited the Benedictines at the Abbey of St. Wandrille de Fontanelle and Solesmes and the Cistercians at La Grande Trappe, culminating with an exploration of the abandoned rock cave churches and hermitages of Cappadocia. Fermor's Postscript, written in a top-story window at the Benedictine priory in Hampshire, takes measure of the modern rebirth of monasticism in the British Isles. First published in 1953 by the Queen Anne Press in a limited edition of 500 copies. The text is decorated with lovely drawings by John Craxton and dramatic photographs by M. le Cure Bretocq and Joan Eyres Monsell (Fermor and Monsell married in 1968). Dust jacket illustration by Peter Todd Mitchell. First published in 1953 by the Queen Anne Press in a limited edition of 500 copies.