Keyes, Francis Parkinson - The Explorer. The Book Club (Foyle's), not dated, '60s? Margaret Porterfield, a beautiful and aristocratic young Virginian, lives alone on her ancestral estate of Hills' End. Since her mother's death she has no longer participated in the social and official circles of Washington and prstricted her life to her house, her books, her garden and her church work. Visiting New York for the Scheffer-Steinmetz wedding, however, had been a mistake: Nicolas Hale had disturbed her - she knew that she had not measured up to the estimate she would have liked him to have of her. Nicolas Hale is a famous explorer, who, inspired by Hiram Bingham's discovery of the lost city of Machu Picchu, has devoted his life to the exploration of Peru. His great passion is the search for a submerged city in the Andes, the discovery of which will bring him lasting fame and fortune. Because of this monomania and despite his being extremely attractive to women, he has always avoided marriage, but now his desire for a son to inherit his name, and to carry on his work, impels him to propose to Margaret. She consents even though Nicolas is due to depart for Peru again in ten days' time and she can never go with him on his journeys. His continual separation from his wife, however, also has its serious consequences. (Wrapper flap). 430pp, blue cloth, hardback. Top-edge very slightly 'dusty', spine very slightly sunned, very good, complete with very good (very slightly 'dusty', very slight edge-wear, slightly sunned spine and a crese down the front panel) wrapper.
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