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The Alexandria Quartet, comprising: Justine - DURRELL, Lawrence - 1957. 
London Faber and Faber -1960 1957 - First editions, first impressions, four volumes, 8vo., comprising Justine, a little light foxing to endpapers and text block edges, jacket professionally restored mostly to top edge and closed tear on upper panel, 1957; Balthazar, jacket browned on spine and extremities, a little restoration to spine ends and corner-folds, 1958; Mountolive, two neat tape marks to each pastedown and closed tear to front free endpaper, 1958; Clea, usual fading to spine and age toning, 1960; all internally very good to fine, original cloth, bright, in all a good set. At the age of 11, Durrell, who was born in the North of India near Tibet, was obliged 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 Justine is loosely based and who became his second wife. Durrell would eventually complete the Quartet in France. The Alexandria Quartet was a success, both with the critics and with an increasing readership and Durrell was acknowledged as being one of the most important writers of his time. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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