Filibusters in Barbary (Record of a Visit to the Sous).

London, Grayson & Grayson, [1932].

8vo, pp. ix, [1], 257, [1]; publisher’s yellow cloth, tan dust-jacket printed in red and green; half-title slightly browned, fore-edge slightly foxed, but a very good copy in a good jacket, spine and edges browned, old reinforcements to head and foot of spine; bookplate of the BBC producer and friend of Lewis D. G. Bridson.


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First edition, scarce in the dust-jacket, ‘an account of his travels which Lewis had written after a holiday with his wife in French Morocco and the Spanish Sahara. The book … emerged as one of the liveliest travel-books of the time. Like all of Lewis’s writing, it was quirky and opinionated, but nowhere was his gift of observation put to happier or more vivid use’ (Bridson, The Filibuster). Sadly, after a suit brought against the publishers by one Major MacFie, damages of £250 were paid, and the book withdrawn and discontinued from February 1934. The bibliographies differ about whether this or the American edition has precedence but Lewis’s contract and advance came from Grayson so it seems likely the English edition does.

Pound & Grover A16b; Morrow & Lafourcade A16a.

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