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Crete, Past and Present. Illustrated.
London: Heath Cranton Limited, 1933. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles in gilt to spine. Spine sunned, a little wear to extremities, light silverfish damage to boards, the binding otherwise firm, scattered spotting to first and last few pages and edges, lacks rear free endpaper, else internally fresh; still, a very good copy. Monochrome photographic frontispiece, and 34 similar illustrations on 23 plates. First and only edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed, partly in romanized Greek, on the front free endpaper "As a token of regard, M. N. Elliadi" to "Kyrios Henry Miller", and with a later gift inscription, from Miller and Lawrence Durrell (as "Larry") "For Ray & George, with gratitude", dated August 1962. Although undated, the gift, and the meeting with Elliadi, was recorded in Miller's First Impressions of Greece (1973), in which he recounts his first visit to the country and how Elliadi, a refugee from Smyrna and now British Vice Consul at Candia. Addressing him directly, Miller writes "Now then, Mr Elliadi, I can't say that your book overwhelms me. Though I am unable to believe in your poetic genius I salute you for the friendly gesture you made me at Candia the day I arrived. And a thousand thanks for the boiled rice which you made in order to cure my dysentery." [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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