Tristran, Flora - Peregrinations Of A Pariah. Folio Society, 1986, 1st thus.
Flora Tristan features in no biographical dictionary, though she was Gauguin's grandmother and achieved considerable fame as one of the liveliest journalists of the nineteenth century. Her London Journals were a succes de scandale in the 1850s (she even attended a debate in the House of Commons disguised as a man), but Peregrinations of a Pariah, a much more extraordinary and captivating book, has been sadly neglected in England. It tells the story of a romantic but hopeless quest. Flora was the illegitimate daughter of Don Mariano de Tristan, and after he died, her mother filled her head with tales of his rich and distinguished family, now settled in Peru. Abandoning her own family, the head-strong Flora hastened in pursuit of her rightful inheritance. Her fellow-passengers on the Mexicain, all male, were captivated by the sad, mysterious beauty, and Captain Chabrie fell passionately in love with her. After a long, hard voyage spent keeping the gallant captain at arms' length, Flora set out across the desert to Arequipa, and finally confronted her uncle - a wily patriarch with a nice understanding of the requirements of hospitality and the just deserts of illegitimate nieces. Neither earthquake nor revolution nor disappointed expectations could silence her spirited pen, and Charles de Salis's splendid translation, specially commissioned by The Folio Society, does full justice to one of France's most endearing adventuresses. (Folio Society). 10" x 6¼", 308pp plus 11 plates, red cloth printed overall with an illustration, black blocked spine title-panel, gold blocked spine lettering. Map endpapers (identical). Illustrated with contemporary material in monochrome.
Very, very, very slightly sunned spine; fine (no inscriptions, no bumps, not ex-library) complete with very good (sunning, slight rubs) sound, slip-case.
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