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Patrick Leigh FERMOR | 11 autograph letters signed, to Ann Fleming, with a photocopy manuscript

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Estimate:

3,000 to - 5,000 GBP

Patrick Leigh FERMOR | 11 autograph letters signed, to Ann Fleming, with a photocopy manuscript

Patrick Leigh FERMOR | 11 autograph letters signed, to Ann Fleming, with a photocopy manuscript

Estimate:

3,000 to - 5,000 GBP

Lot sold:

7,500

GBP

FERMOR, PATRICK LEIGH

Eleven autograph letters signed, to Ann Fleming


a vividly descriptive series of letters, several from his adoptive home of Greece and others from his frequent travels, in which he writes with equal grace and ease whether observing the super-rich and their Mediterranean playthings ("...a giant steam yacht ... belonging to Onassis ... followed by an immense 3-master wondership with silk sails, miles of corridor, dozens of impressionist painting ... belonging to his brother-in-law Niarchos..."), foxhunting ("...if one can dignify these shaggy almost prehistoric helter-skelters over Dartmoor by the name...", 1 February 1960) with the English upper classes, watching the filming of Ill Met By Moonlight ("...Dirk Bogarde, who is doing me, is charming, a brilliant actor ... Its very odd seeing truckloads of Germans in steel helmets bawling Lile Marlene blocking those peaceful Alpine passes..."), witnessing the development of the Cyprus Emergency, or mixing with clowns and figure-skaters whilst retracing his pre-war journey through the Eastern bloc down the Danube, 31 pages, chiefly foolscap, various locations including "mouth of the Danube, more or less", Kardamyli, Messenia, and Easton Court Hotel, Devon, 22 June 1954 to 7 September 1966, nicks and creases; with photocopy of an autograph manuscript copy of a speech ("at the unveiling of SOE monument at Herakleion 25.4.81")", 6 pages, inscribed ("Annie with love from Paddy")


"...100 miles downstream I went for a twilight stroll through the poplar woods along the banks at Mohács, back through the town through gypsy hovels wafted all the way by a gentle chorus of Magyar begging, and came on a lantern lit barn where a nearly jet-black gypsy, surrounded by bargees, tractor drivers and herdsmen, was playing an elaborate gold harp 2 yards high..."

EXCEPTIONAL LETTERS BY ONE OF THE GREATEST TRAVEL WRITERS AND CORRESPONDENTS OF HIS GENERATION, with whom Ann Fleming maintained a friendship that lasted many decades.


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