London: Collins, 1960. [Intrepid travel] FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.319; , blank. With numerous duo-tone photographic plates. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, dust-jacket illustrated by H. Bridgeman Grindley with printed price of 18s. net. Author's lengthy inscription to flyleaf; For Christina Foyle / You have been concerned in / so many of my novels that / I thought you might like / to have a copy of this which / is the background to them all / Anyway, I want you to / have it. With my best / wishes as always // Ralph Hammond Innes // December 1959. Book is fine, jacket with some soiling to rear panel. Very good indeed. A remarkable association; Christina Foyle of London bookselling giants W and G Foyle Ltd., was famous for her literary salons and author lunches at Charing Cross Road. She also ran the UK's largest literary book club of the 1960s. Item #60865
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