Ionia: A Quest. Freya STARK, Dame.

Ionia: A Quest.

London: John Murray, 1954. [Near-Eastern Travel] FIRST EDITION WITH SIGNED LETTER AND POSTCARD. Octavo (24 x 16cm), pp.xxiv; 263 [1]. With 17 black and white photographic plates, many double-sided, as well as a double-page spread sketch map by E.G. Morton. Publisher's turquoise cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper board. Top edge turquoise, others untrimmed. With a photographic postcard of the Caryatids on the Erechtheion inscribed by the author: 'Your kind note finds me | already flown: I have just | left Athens & hope to be in | Iraq next week - | a lovely calm sea now, I hope | it may remain so! Yours | Freya Stark.' Addressed to Baroness Grizel Bonde in Rome. Also with a torn letter to the Baroness, dated 12th April 1933 on 'Villa Freia' headed note paper, signed Freya Stark. Torn into three separate pieces, with the middle section missing. Ownership of Baroness Bonde in black ink to flyleaf, dated 1954. Light offsetting to endpapers. Cloth rubbed; spine heavily toned and sunned. Good. Dedicated to fellow travel writers Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West, Stark recounts her travels through what is now western Turkey, all the while reflecting on the great works of the classical authors, particularly Herodotus the historian and Pausanias the geographer. Grizel Margaret St Clair Anstruther, Baroness Bonde (1882-1970), inherited an estate in the East Neuk of Fife from her father in 1925, but spent most of her life travelling the world as the wife of Swedish diplomat Count Knut Corfitz Bonde. Item #54610

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