The Road To Oxiana. Robert BYRON, Talbot RICE, introduction.

The Road To Oxiana.

London: John Lehmann, 1950. [Travel] SECOND EDITION, (the first edition was published by Macmillan in 1937). Octavo (23 x 15cm), pp.xvii; 18-292. Publisher's red cloth, gilt titles to spine, map endpapers, dust-jacket designed by Keith Vaughan with printed price of 15s. net. Illustrated with thirteen black and white plates. Neat ownership stamp and inscription to rear of the frontispiece and inscription to the facing page, some occasional light spotting. Some dustiness and uneven toning to edges. Cloth pushed to spine ends. Wrapper shows very well, a little toned to spine panel, some chipping and creasing to edges with a few small closed tears, some tape burn to reverse at the top and tail of the spine panel. An attractive copy, uncommon in the wrapper. Very good. Byron, who died young in the Second World War, was one of the Brideshead set immortalized by Evelyn Waugh, but he was also the foremost travel writer of his age. He is best known for 'The Road to Oxiana', a description of his journey in 1933-34 through modern Iran and Afghanistan. Paul Fussell suggested that what 'Ulysses' is to the novel and what 'The Waste Land' is to poetry, Byron's book is to travel writing. Item #54258

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