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DURRELL, Lawrence.

[The Alexandria Quartet]. Justine; Balthazar; Mountolive; Clea.

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London, Faber and Faber, 1957

An unusually fine and attractive set of this rare novel cycle.

At the age of 11, Durrell, who was born in the North of India near Tibet, was obliged to move to England. He disliked living in such a different country and culture and never fully adapted to it. Only later, in 1935, when he and his family made a decision to live in Greece he felt that it reminded him of India. While in Greece, he drafted a novel entitled The Book of the Dead, a predecessor to his first volume of The Alexandria Quartet. However, only much later, in 1952, after his return to the Mediterranean, Durrell began actually writing Justine. During the 1940s he had worked for the British Information Office in Egypt. He was separated from his first wife, Nancy Myers, and in Alexandria he met Eve Cohen, a Jewish woman on whom the character of

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First editions, first impressions; 4 vols, 8vo; comprising Justine, signed and dated by the author on the title page, internally fine; publisher's red cloth with gilt title on a pale blue background, pale blue topstain, dust-jacket in near-fine condition, 1957; Balthazar, internally fine; publisher's blue cloth with gilt title on a red background, dust-jacket slightly scuffed on the spine but otherwise very good, 1958; Mountolive, internally fine; publisher's yellow cloth with gilt title on a purple background, dust-jacket in near-fine condition, 1958; Clea, internally fine; publisher's red cloth with gilt title on a dark green background, dust-jacket slightly toned but otherwise very good, 1960; slight rubbing and creasing to extremities, else a very bright and crisp set.


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