Fermor, Patrick Leigh - A Time of Gifts. Folio Society, 1st thus, 1999. In 1933, the nineteen-year-old Patrick Leigh Fermor decided to walk across Europe: A Time of Gifts is his memoir of the journey from London to Budapest. The spirit of a continent on the cusp of great change is evoked with a poet's skill for atmosphere: from London on a rain-sodden winter's day, where 'a thousand glistening umbrellas were tilted over a thousand bowler hats in Picadilly', to Melk Abbey in Austria, 'a palace cruising above the roofs and trees'; from the Havarian beer-halls echoing with song to the onion-domes of Eastern Christendom. Fermor walks through a hundred adventures; he learns about the dangers of the new Nazi movement while sharing a room with a trigger-happy Hitler Youth member, and is arrested at gunpoing on the Hungarian border, suspected of being the nororious smuggler Black Joseph. The history, art, culture and languages of Europe all whirl together to become part of this extraordinary and perceptive traveller's grand adventure. (Folio Society). 9½" x 6", 292pp plus 10 plates, light blue cloth with gold and silver blocking, plus green printing, froming a design on the front board, silver spine lettering with gold design, hardback. Map endpapers, identical front and back. Illustrated with monochrome drawings by Daniel Whistler.
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