First edition, first printing. Inscribed association copy. Publisher's original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with 15 black and white photographs by the author. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm with a little softening at the spine tips. The contents with the first issue map endpapers are clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed and creased dustwrapper which remains without fading to the spine. Not price-clipped (£4.95 net to the front flap). A superb association copy.
Signed by the author in brown ink below his printed name on the title page, and inscribed below "For Eve / fellow wanderer / Bruce C. / 5.4.78". The recipient is the great photojournalist Eve Arnold who at the time of presentation was on assignment with Chatwin for The Sunday Times Magazine, as they spent a month travelling India with Indira Gandhi on her election campaign (an account of which "On the Road with Mrs G," was later published in What Am I Doing Here? (1989)). In Patagonia is the author's debut, and one of the great twentieth century travel books. Blending vivid accounts of nomadic peoples and landscapes with memoir, biography, history and reflections on human nature, "In Patagonia" served to inject a new vitality into the genre of travel writing. Chatwin's inimitable, experimental writing style - described by John Updike as "a clipped, lapidary prose that compresses worlds into pages" - and his dashing adventurer image helped to make him one of the most influential and highly regarded travel writers amongst both his peers and the reading public.
Stock code: 17783