Patrick Leigh Fermor (Paddy Femor) | First Editions
1915 - 2011
Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor, DSO, OBE (11 February 1915 – 10 June 2011), also known as Paddy Fermor, was a British author, scholar and soldier who played a prominent role behind the lines in the Cretan resistance during the Second World War. He was widely regarded as Britain's greatest living travel writer during his lifetime, based on books such as A Time of Gifts (1977). A BBC journalist once described Fermor (in perhaps the most flattering terms one can hope for) as "a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene."
Fermor had a long and decorated career, winning awards such as: the Heinemann Foundation Prize for Literature for The Traveller's Tree (1950), the Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Guild of Travel Writers.
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New York: Viking 1938 [actually December 1937]. PRIVATE PRE-PUBLICATION EDITION, number 6 of just 65 copies. Octavo, pp.315; , blank. Near fine in original linen-backed silk boards featuring rather striking gold orange and yellow vertical stripes, in accompanying gold card slip-case (rubbed). Translated by Patrick Leigh Fermor. This rare edition.....