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The Road to Oxiana
London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd.,, 1937. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the supplied dust jacket. Frontispiece and 15 plates. Spine slightly faded, some light rubbing to extremities. An excellent copy in the rubbed, creased, and slightly marked dust jacket supplied from another copy. First edition, first impression, in the first issue binding of royal blue cloth lettered in gold. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Anthony Jeffreys from Robert Byron 1937" and with the recipient's bookplate to the front pastedown. Jeffreys was a contemporary of Byron's who entered the civil service and rose to become Clerk Assistant in the House of Lords. Presentation copies of Byron's works are uncommon and signed examples of the masterpiece The Road To Oxiana are rare. "An enquiry into the origins of Islamic art presented in the form of one of the most entertaining travel books of modern times" (ODNB). In his introduction to the 1981 re-issue, Bruce Chatwin confessed to considering it "a work of genius" which he had elevated to the status of "sacred text". He stressed that it remained an important book, as in between the "bravura passages" Byron expounds a serious thesis about the significance of Afghan influence on Persian civilization.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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