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 Fermor's third book, a series of lyrical meditations on monastic solitude. 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. The text is enhanced 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.